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Pope appoints new secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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Full text of pope's message to G20

July 7, 2017. Pope Francis sent a message to the G20, addressed to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for authorities of major world economies from America and the European Union. In it, the pope proposed four steps of action to build "fraternal, just and peaceful societies,” as referred to in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
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Pope Francis approves the following 8 decrees for the Causes of Saints

July 7, 2017. Cardinal Angelo Amato, D.B., Prefect of the Congregation of Causes of Saints, and the pope authorized the following eight decrees for the Causes of Saints:
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Pope Francis makes 50,000 Euro donation to Greek island of Lesbos following earthquake

July 4, 2017. Pope Francis has made a 50,000 Euro donation to the Greek island of Lesbos following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on June 12.
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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.

Pope's Schedule: He celebrates Ash Wednesday in two basilicas


The Vatican is promoting meetings with world experts on the great problems that affect the world today.

In recent weeks there have been congresses covering human trafficking, selling of organs and the right to water. This week, from Monday to Wednesday they will convene to discuss environment and biological extinction.

However, what will especially mark the pope's schedule this week is the beginning of Lent, the time of preparation for Holy Week and Easter in the Church. It will begin on Wednesday, traditionally known as "Ash Wednesday," in which the pope will preside over a ceremony on Aventine Hill.

The celebration begins in the Basilica of St. Anselmo at 4:30 p.m. and ends at the Basilica of St. Sabina. Traditionally the pope walks on foot from one basilica to another, tackling the steep road. He will deliver a reflection on the spirit of Lent, a time of conversion and penance.

The Basilica of St. Sabina is the headquarters of the Dominicans, the order founded by St. Dominic of Guzmán in the 13th century.

Pope Francis will continue with the two traditional public acts of the week, the General Audience on Wednesday morning and the Angelus prayer on Sunday in St. Peter's Square.

On Sunday, after the Angelus, he will leave for his personal spiritual retreat in the area of Ariccia, a small town on the outskirts of Rome.

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