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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 sends video message for WYD: Imitate Mary, not a couch potato


Since 1984, World Youth Day has been celebrated on Palm Sunday every year in every diocese in the world, also in Rome. However, every two or three years, it takes place outside the Eternal City on one of the great world encounters with the pope.

For the 2017 edition, Pope Francis has sent a video message in which he invites the young people of the world to be like Mary, a determined young woman who trusted in God.

"Mary did not stay at home because she was not a young couch potato who looked for comfort and safety where nobody can bother her. She was moved by faith, because faith is at the heart of Our Mother’s entire life story.”

The Pope explains to the young people that, as he did with the Virgin Mary, God also looks at them and asks them to carry out an important mission: to improve the world. 

"Like the young woman of Nazareth, you can improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history your history and that of many others. The Church and society need you. With your plans and with your courage, with your dreams and ideals, walls of stagnation fall and roads open up that lead us to a better, fairer, less cruel and more humane world.”

In case anyone thinks there is such a long time until the WYD of Panama in 2019, the pope recalls with this video message that we have to get moving.

Pope Francis invites the youth to prepare for this encounter from the hand of the Virgin Mary, trusting in her. With that, he leaves them this final message.

"She is a good Mother who listens to you and embraces you, who loves you and walks together with you. I assure you that if you do that, you will not regret it. Have a good pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2019.”