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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.

Famous YouTube priest sends message: The biggest problem is a lack of gratitude


Father Mike Schmitz is one of the best known YouTubers. His most watched videos reach 300 thousand visits. They talk about marriage, faith and everyday problems. He also answers questions that his viewers ask him.

YouTuber,  Ascension Press
"People will ask about relationship stuff. Also on the kind of theological side people will ask about suffering, ask about who God is and ask a lot about what sin is. They just want some direction, some clarity, when it comes to how to live a cristian life and how to live a life as a Catholic. That is one of the big questions people ask.”

Fr. Mike Schmitz might have changed the way in which he delivers the message, but he hasn't changed the message. This is something even Pope Francis has done, and it continues to produce astounding results. 

YouTuber,  Ascension Press
"I think Pope Francis has freshened... I heard this, I heard a talk by an evangelical man who said: 'Pope Francis has rebranded the Catholic Church in the best way possible.' He's a sign for mercy and grace and compassion. Previous popes have talked about those same things but in a unique way the Lord is using Pope Francis to establish a degree of trust and I think that's amazing and I'm so greatful for that.”

Fr. Mike tries to bring the Church to those who do not usually go to Mass, by channeling his sermons from YouTube directly to people's screens.

He says the biggest problem people endure is a lack of gratitude, even in the smallest things.

YouTuber,  Ascension Press
"Even the most amazing and wonderful things we end up taking them for granted. We come to expect them and then we're just not even grateful for what we have. I think we should walk through this world with the eyes of wonder. Like through every little thing to be able to say 'that did not have to exist. This didn't have to exist, this didn't have to be given to me. But it is, it was, I have it know.'”   

Fr. Mike Schmitz is known throughout the United States by giving lectures all over the country, thus helping lead thousands of youth closer to God through each of his simple messages that allow people to put Christ's word into action.