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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.

Expert on climate change: The pope teaches us that everything is connected


The average temperature of the Earth has risen by 1.5°F in the past hundred years, and is estimated to rise another 0.5 to 8.6°F before 2117. Since these and many other changes are affecting the world as a whole, it is only natural that Pope Francis voices his concerns and advocates on behalf of the Church. 

Director, Center for Advanced Social Research
"The pope educates us in the idea that everything is connected. Everything has synergy and relationship with everything else. That is why water is as important as the situation of the poor. It is equally important to focus on the waste program as climate change."

Professor Rodrigo is the director of the Center for Advanced Social Research in Mexico, which studies various social issues, such as climate change.

He said that while climate change is not only attributed to humans, many times it's people who introduce ideas or products which later cause harm to humanity. Each person needs to be aware of the damage they cause and take responsibility for their actions. 

Director, Center for Advanced Social Research
"The encyclical Laudato si' talks about climate change. The pope, without being a scientific authority, listens to the best scientific research on climate change. This allows us to understand that climate change is a complex phenomenon. If it increases naturally and if it increases by light, those responsible for a part of the natural resources are humans.”

He said that Pope Francis, just like many popes before him, listens to science. Thus, what the pope states in Laudato si' is not true because the Catholic Church itself confirms it, but because of evidence found through science.

Director, Center for Advanced Social Research
"I think that this attitude is very honorable on the part of the Church, because just like faith and reason, the Church and science can join together at the service of people.”

Just as in nature, where everything is connected, many experts at the Vatican, like Prof. Rodrigo believe that this connectivity extends to the Church and science as one can help the other instead of hindering, leading to a better world at large.