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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 Francis: The world needs people capable of sowing hope


Many take their babies to the General Audience for the pope to bless them. However, the excitement of their parents, and joyful cries of the pilgrims, frightened the children this week. 

In today's catechesis, the pope continued to explain what hope is all about. He said that it is not only optimism, but that it also includes two attitudes: perseverance and consolation.

"Perseverance could also be defined as patience. It is the ability to bear, to carry its weight on our shoulders, to remain faithful, even when the weight seems to become too big, unsustainable, and we are tempted to negatively judge and abandon everyone and everything.”

Pope Francis explained that "consolation" means showing that God never abandons us, and to allow oneself to be helped by Him in times of suffering or disappointment. 

"This is what the Lord now asks of us, that with that strength and capacity to comfort, let us be sowers of hope. Today it is very important to sow this hope, and it's not easy.” 

At the end, the pope greeted representatives of several bishops' conferences, all of whom are in charge of caring for refugees and emigrants.

"I encourage you to continue the effort to welcome and give hospitality to displaced persons and refugees, facilitating their integration, and taking into account mutual rights and obligations for those who welcome and are welcomed. Let us not forget that this problem of refugees and emigrants today is the worst tragedy since World War II."

Before leaving, the pope recalled that in many cathedrals and churches around the world,  "24 hours for the Lord" is celebrated on Thursday and Friday, where thousands of priests will be available to hear confessions. 

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