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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.

Credofunding: a website that brings forward inspirational Christian projects


Since 2014, this website has helped raise money for projects such as building houses for spiritual retreats, reforming churches, and even getting an organ to accompany Masses with music.  

Its creator and financial expert, Eric Didio, saw that there were people with good projects, but without funding.

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"He grew up in a very committed catholic family. He had the idea of Credofunding when his sister, a Benedictine nun, was looking for funds in order to build an abbey. In 2014 a French decree allowed the banks and a lot of French households to lend their money through crowdfunding websites. Then credofunding was born.”

However, not just any project can be posted. Before appearing on the site, all proposals are carefully examined.

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"We apply strict criteria to our funding process: the projects must be linked to Christian values, related to education, culture or human assistance."

The data speaks for itself, and also demonstrates the power the internet, and how it can be used in a positive and altruistic way.

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"According to a recall of March 2017, we have gained, from 12,600 donors, 1,7 million euros gathered by donations, and 190 projects funded and achieved.”

Sometimes it's just that: although the intention is good, it takes a little help from a neighbor to be able to turn a project into a reality. 

- BN