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Names of archbishops to receive pallium from Pope Francis

June 28, 2017. On June 29, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis will bless the palliums of the Metropolitan Archbishops. This year, 36 have been appointed. The list is as followed

Vatican comments on situation of missing Chinese Bishop Shao Zhumin

June 26, 2017. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, from Wenzhou in Continental China, was taken into custody by Chinese police on Easter weekend 2017. While recognized as a bishop in the Catholic Church, he is an unofficial bishop or "underground” in China, since the Chinese government does not recognize him as religious.
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Pope Francis' complete schedule for Colombia trip

June 23, 2017. He will go to Colombia September 6-11.

Bruno Marie Duffé, new secretary of the Department for Integral Development

June 16, 2017. Thepope has named French priest Bruno Marie Duffé, from Lyon, number two of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He will be in charge of one of the key offices in the Vatican Curia.
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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

June 9, 2017. The Vatican has confirmed that on Saturday, June 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Pope Francis. Both have previously met in Rome in May 2016, February 2015 and May 2013, two months after Pope Francis was elected pontiff.
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Pope Francis to meet with Venezuelan bishops on June 8

June 5, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Venezuelan bishops next Thursday to discuss the situation their country is facing.

New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

May 31, 2017. The Brazilian priest Alexandre Awi Mello, the National Director of Brazil's Schönstatt Movement, will serve as the new secretary. He was born Rio de Janeiro in 1971, and ordained a priest in 2001.

Mahmoud Abbas meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican


Pope Francis has once again offered a solution to two states, Israel and Palestine. On Saturday he met with President Mahmoud Abbas, this time for 23 minutes.

"What a pleasure to receive you."

It was a warm and affectionate encounter. They exchanged many gifts, like this picture that shows a reconstructed mosaic in the Church of the Nativity or a book that reviews diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Palestine, which were sealed in the Global Agreement of 2015.

Pope Francis gave him a Mercy medallion and his principal papal writings.

"And this one on the care of nature."

The Palestinian president inaugurated the Palestine embassy in front of the Holy See and urged the rest of the international community to follow the example of the Vatican.

During his trip to the Holy Land in 2014, Pope Francis openly defended the two States' solution to end the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Their efforts to achieve peace led to an unprecedented gesture such as bringing the highest representatives of both states to the Vatican to pray for peace.

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