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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.

The impact of the pope's weekly catechesis on pilgrims


Since December, the pope is preaching a new cycle of catechesis on hope, and his words are reaching the pilgrims who come to listen.

For example, this couple from Argentina participated in Pope Francis' most recent audience, where he explained that hope has a face: that of a person who sustains us in difficult times. 

"It consists in being hospitable to one another. In order to experience this hope, the pope tries to bring it to us with his gestures, not only with his words, but with his gaze.”

This group of American students, from Minnesota, say that the words of the Pope are interesting. 

"I think his words really meant that we have to each individually do our best to be hopeful, and to not only to have hope, but to act with hope." 

"I really found his message to be encouraging, because he talked about bringing other people with you, and that we need to have hope as a community... together, if we pull each other up when struggling, we can move forward as a Church.”

Hope is one of the virtues that Pope Francis speaks most about during his catechesis and homilies. 

January 17, 2017
"Perhaps it is the virtue that is least understood, but it is the strongest. Hope.”

He says that it is not just mere optimism, but that it also consists in being aware of what it means to be a Christian who walks by God's side. 

Hope is only one of the cycles of catechesis that Pope Francis is addressing. During his pontificate, he dedicated other cycles to the family, Holy Spirit, and mercy.