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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

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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

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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

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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Pope to Dominicans: Thanks for helping the world get out of superficiality


It's not every day that an 800-year anniversary is celebrated. Therefore, Pope Francis wanted to specially recognize the first eight centuries of the Order of St. Dominic.

It was at the end of 1216, Pope Honorius III confirmed the foundation of this religious order.

Pope Francis celebrated a solemn mass with them in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the same church the popes celebrated in when the Order began. In his homily, the pope recalled how each person should choose between a superficial life, and one defined by good works.

"We are moving in a so-called 'liquid society,' without fixed points, unhinged, without solid and stable references. It is a fleeting culture, one of using and throwing aside. How do you go from a pseudo festive superficiality to glorification, which is the authentic feast? It is passed on due to the good works of those who, becoming disciples of Christ, have become the 'salt' and the 'light.'"

The pope said this is what Catholics have to be: people who give flavor to reality and illuminate in times of difficulty. He said that's what the Dominicans are and have been for centuries.

"The Dominicans are an order which, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, have helped many men and women not be dispersed in the 'carnival' of worldly curiosity. Instead, they have tasted the flavor of good doctrine, the flavor of the Gospel, and they have become, in turn, light and salt, craftsmen of good works."

There are currently about 6,000 Dominicans spread out to every continent. Their specialty is preaching, which is why they can claim great theologians such as St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Albert the Great and St. Catherine of Siena. Not only that, but few know that the Dominicans are the inventors and distributors of the rosary.

- BN