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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 confirms that he will canonize two Fatima's visionaries


Pope Francis summoned all of the cardinals residing in Rome to set the date of the canonization of new saints, including two of the three seers of Fatima, Francis and Jacinta.

Cardinal Angelo Amato recalled some episodes of their life.

"They attended little school, and they were practically illiterate. They learned the catechism at home, along with their cousin Lucia."

The pope then announced the date of the ceremony in Latin, as ecclesiastical tradition dictates.

"May the Blessed Francis and Jacinta Marta be canonized on May 13, 2017.”

Pope Francis also announced that he will canonize 34 more people on October 15.

These are the 30 Brazilian martyrs, led by Jesuit Andre Soveral, who was murdered in July 1645 by Dutch soldiers. Also included will be the priest  Ambrosio Francisco Ferro, and layman Matteo Moreira, both murdered for their faith along with 27 other people.

In the October ceremony, the pope will also canonize the Martyrs of Tlaxcala, the first martyrs of Mexico. There names were Cristóbal, Antonio and Juan, and they died in 1527 and 1529.

The last of the new saints will be the Spanish Piarist Faustino Miguez, who founded the Daughters of the Divine Shepherd Institute in 1855 to care for girls. 

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