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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.

What journey has moved Pope Francis the most?


He has made 17 international trips and visited dozens of countries in just four years, and yet Pope Francis does not like to travel. Then why does he do it?

Author "Traveling"
"We have to remember that Pope Benedict also did not like to travel. Pope Francis did not like to travel, because as a cardinal/archbishop, he did not like to be outside his diocese for too long. Because for him, for a bishop, his diocese is like his wife. But as pope he realized that he couldn't not travel that these encounters in the world are necessary so that people can meet him.”

The author includes in his new book a long interview with the pope regarding his trips.  Andrea Tornielli is a veteran journalist who has traveled the world with Pope Francis, so he knows why the Pope chooses the destinations he chooses.

Author "Traveling"
"For example, Pope Francis wants to go, in a particular way, to countries that are far away from Rome, or are small; but where his presence can truly be useful. That is, to do something concrete for a situation. For example, promoting dialogue between religions or favoring a peace process.”

Such examples of  brief trips are visits to Sarajevo or Albania. Pope Francis returns from each of them with unforgettable memories. He is moved to meet people, and also to know firsthand the situation of those who are most vulnerable.

But in these years, if there have been significant milestones for the pope from faraway parts of the world, it has been been these two trips.

Author "Traveling"
"In every trip there are very moving moments and meetings, but I think that starting the Holy Year of Mercy in the Central African Republic in November 2015, and traveling to the Philippines in January of the same year, 2015, where he gave his homily in front of those who survived the great typhoon, Yolanda, were two moments that truly have touched the heart.”

Although Pope Francis cannot travel to every country, with books like this you feel like you are sitting next to him on board the papal plane.

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