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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.

Marko Rupnik, the artist who realized the “Sistine Chapel” of John Paul II


The artist Marko Rupnik was very young when he entered the Society of Jesus in 1973 in Slovenia. His sketches on the walls of corridors caught the attention of an important patron who was visiting his seminary. Thanks to this, he was sent to study Art in Rome by his superiors. 

To triumph in the world of art is a privilege that few reach. Rupnik has accomplished that and more. His first great work, a mosaic of 600 square meters for the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in Vatican City, was commissioned by Pope John Paul II. Rupnik proposed to realize the work with a very distinct style. 

"I said to the Pope: we are seeking to give an ecclesial imprint to this research so that something very, very ecclesial and spiritual might be born; I said, however, this would be a kind of artistic revolution. And then he tapped me on the shoulder and said: "Realize this revolution.” 

His works are always of a religious character. He states that his inspiration is the Eucharist and that this is his way of being in the service of God.

He has exposed his works in more than 150 venues all over the world. His mosaics are found in the most emblematic locations: in Lourdes, in Fatima, in the Basilica of John Paul II in Krakow, in the National Sanctuary of John Paul II in Washington and in the Cathedral of La Almudena in Madrid. 

"I meditate on the Sacred Scripture, I read it continuously, this is my food, I have not watched television for 25 years. And so this deposit of the tradition of the Church in which I move is the source of the images which then I propose.” 

"The design is first copied on nylon, on that nylon on which we work in the atelier because we try to realize the figures in the atelier. Then we put a net of fiberglass which is indestructible on on this we begin to compose the figures in mosaic. The figures are 15/20 percent of the mosaic, the rest is made up of the backgrounds which we realize directly at that moment.”

Despite his success for the past 20 years, he never forgets the person who helped him to embark on this path.

"I owe much to John Paul II, and not only for that which pertains to my art, but also for my ability to feel the Church.”

Since 1995, Rupnik has been the director of the Centro Aletti, the studio where his works of art are born. There he works with persons from different parts of the world who undergo an exhaustive selection process: from 50 who are pre-selected, Marko Rupnik only chooses one, who must pass a two month trial period before being invited to join the team. The motto is clear: to be the best one has to work with the best. 

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