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Pope appoints new secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

July 18, 2017. The pope has named Italian biblical scholar Giacomo Morandi, 51, as secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Up until now he served as undersecretary, and will replace Luis Ladaria, who Pope Francis named prefect on July 1.
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Full text of pope's message to G20

July 7, 2017. Pope Francis sent a message to the G20, addressed to German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for authorities of major world economies from America and the European Union. In it, the pope proposed four steps of action to build "fraternal, just and peaceful societies,” as referred to in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
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Pope Francis approves the following 8 decrees for the Causes of Saints

July 7, 2017. Cardinal Angelo Amato, D.B., Prefect of the Congregation of Causes of Saints, and the pope authorized the following eight decrees for the Causes of Saints:
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Pope Francis makes 50,000 Euro donation to Greek island of Lesbos following earthquake

July 4, 2017. Pope Francis has made a 50,000 Euro donation to the Greek island of Lesbos following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on June 12.
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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.

Other US presidents' visits to the Vatican


Donald Trump joins a list of presidents visiting the Vatican.

The first was Woodrow Wilson who, almost 100 years ago, visited Benedict XV in 1919, when the Vatican was not yet an independent state. 

The next US president at the Vatican was Dwight D. Eisenhower, who met with John XXIII 40 years later.

John F. Kennedy, the only Catholic elected to the Oval Office, was greeted by Paul VI at the Vatican in 1963. 

Pope Paul VI also met with President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. The meeting was held in New York's Waldorf Astoria. 

John Paul II was the first pope to visit the White House, where he was welcomed by Jimmy Carter in 1979.  Throughout his pontificate, he held 15 meetings with US presidents.

Bill Clinton and both Bush's came to his funeral in Vatican City. 

In 2008, Benedict XVI visited the White House on the day of his 81st birthday. There he listened to a beautiful "Happy Birthday.” 

"Your Holiness, thank you very much. It is a great honor for me.”

In July 2009, Barack Obama visited the Vatican for the first time. He returned five years later, in 2014, to meet Pope Francis

A little over a year later, the Argentine pope returned the visit and met him in Washington.

With almost 100 years of meetings between the US presidents and popes, the general consensus is that though they have not always agreed, good relations have been undoubtedly useful for both sides. 

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