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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.

What are the 3 secrets of Fatima?


During the apparitions of Fatima between May and October 1917, the Virgin Mary entrusted three child shepherds with three secrets.

The first was a vision of hell that deeply shocked the little children. Since then, they have intensely prayed for the conversion of sinners. Though the vision lasted for only a moment, it was enough to never forget. The greatest of the seers remembers it as so:

"There were devils and souls submerged in a great sea of fire (...) between cries of pain and groans of despair. That horrified them and made them tremble with fear."

The second secret was prophetic. Mary told the shepherds that if men did not stop offending God, World War II would begin. She also announced the expansion of Communism, and the consequent persecution of the Church and pope.

To avoid these evils, the Blessed Mother asked for the devotion to her Immaculate Heart be established in the world and for the pope himself to consecrate Russia, which John Paul II did in March of 1984.

The third secret of Fatima consisted of another vision. The pastors saw a bishop dressed in white, whom they identified as the pope, killed with religious, priests and lay people of various social classes.

This secret could be interpreted as the persecutions suffered by the Church during the 20th century, especially at the hands of Communism. John Paul II himself was recognized in this vision through the attack that almost cost him his life.

Although many of the secrets speak of past events there is a common thread in all of them: the call to the conversion of sinners, because their bad behavior is the main cause of the evils of the world. This is the perennial news of the message of Fatima.