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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: Meeting with Prince of Wales and his wife, Charles and Camilla


After visiting another Italian diocese and paying tribute to the victims of the earthquakes of 2012, the pope spends the last days before Easter without many large events.

The most prominent meeting of the week will be Tuesday with Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla Parker. It will be in the afternoon, in the study of the Paul VI Audience Hall.

On Wednesday, the pope will keep his weekly appointment with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. He will once again demonstrate the rejection of religions against fundamentalism, as he will meet with several English imams in the Vatican, a couple weeks after the London bombing.

On Saturday, at 5:00 p.m. in the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major, Pope Francis will preside over a Marian prayer vigil.

The following day at 10:00 a.m., he will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square. During that celebration, young Poles will deliver the cross of the World Youth Day to young people from Central America, where the next international edition will be held in January 2019.