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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.

Pope's Schedule: Pope Francis to meet with European Union Heads of State


This week, Pope Francis has two important appointments. 

The first will be on Friday, March 24, at 6 p.m.,  when he will meet with the European Union Heads of State and government. They will come to Rome to remember the treaties that founded this union, and relaunch the European project.

Perhaps the pope will recall the message he delivered to many of these leaders in May 2016. He asked Europe to be strong, and capable of overcoming their fears.

May 6, 2016
"A new humanism based on three abilities: the ability to integrate, the ability to dialogue, and the ability to generate".

The next big event of the week will be the following day, Saturday, March 25.  Pope Francis will visit Milan, the largest diocese in Europe. The trip to the city of fashion will begin in one of the most popular neighborhoods, where the pope will spend time with its residents. He will then visit the Duomo, and eat lunch with 100 prisoners in prison. In the afternoon, he will celebrate Mass and conclude the visit by meeting with the youth in the San Siro stadium. 

During the rest of the week, the pope will continue his daily masses at Casa Santa Marta, preside over the Wednesday's General Audience, and will end the week with Sunday's Angelus prayer.