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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 at Regina Coeli: Be attentive to the Good Shepherd's voice, it is easy to get distracted


Pope Francis prayed the Regina Coeli with more than 25,000 pilgrims this Sunday. It was also the World Day of Prayer for vocations, and the Holy Father was well accompanied. 

"May the Lord send us good pastors. We invoke the Virgin Mary that she may accompany the ten new priests whom I have just ordained. I have asked four from the Diocese of Rome to come with me to give the blessing together."

On the fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis explained that Jesus always leads Christians on the right path. He said that sometimes faith is rationalized to the point where it loses its true essence. 

"Ask yourself the question:" Do I feel loved by Jesus? Do I feel loved by Jesus? " For Him we are never strangers, but friends and brothers. Yet it is not always easy to distinguish the voice of the Good Shepherd. Be attentive. There is always the danger of being distracted by the noises of other voices.”

After the Regina Coeli, he asked all the pilgrims to pray the Rosary for peace, as well as on the occasion of his upcoming trip to Fatima.

He also recalled the Spanish missionary Antonio Hortigüela and his six companions. They were beatified a few hours earlier, and said that they were "symbols of religious persecution."

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