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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.

Pope jokes with president of Paraguay


"Thanks a lot."
"Are you touring around Europe?"
"Yes. Thank you for such generosity."

With this friendly greeting Pope Francis received Horacio Cartes, the president of Paraguay. This is the third time they have met in the Vatican.

It seems the first issue they dealt with was a passion that unites them... and it is not soccer.

"Our matecito."

According to the Holy See, while in the Vatican, the president discussed the fight against poverty, social peace and the assistance of the Church in Paraguay to those most in need.

The president presented Pope Francis with a painting and a photo album with the best snapshots of the trip the pope took to Paraguay in 2015. It was a gift he liked a lot.

"It is precious."

Pope Francis, in return, presented Cartes with the medal from the Jubilee, his book interview "The name of God is mercy," a copy of Amoris Laetitia and another of the message for this year's World Day of Peace.

As usual, Pope Francis did not forget to ask for one more request.

"Do not forget to pray for me, eh? When you grab the rosary."
"I promise I pray every morning and every night. I ask that you pray for all the presidents."