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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
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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.

Protestant leaders inspired after General Audience with the pope

2017-05-28

Dialogue helps overcome old prejudices. This was the objective of the ecumenical meeting organized by the Focolare Movement.

Christians from more than 300 churches and ecclesial communities attended, and the highlight of the meeting was attending the pope's weekly catechesis. 

POPE FRANCIS
"I greet the participants of the Ecumenical Week promoted by the Focolare Movement.”

MARK STRANGE
Scottish Episcopal Church (Anglican Communion)
"Unbelievable really, I hadn't anticipated when I said I was coming to this trip that I would end up here for the Audience. And then to be escorted to sit in the front row, up there on the pavement was... well, I'm almost speechless it was just quite incredible.”
 
COROMOTO JIMÉNEZ
Anglican Episcopal Church (Venezuela)
"It's an experience that everyone should have, because this is an atmosphere of hope."

They say they experienced a strong sense of communion in St. Peter's. They allowed themselves to soak up the atmosphere, which encourages them to continue working to build unity day-by-day, and overcome prejudices and obstacles. 

CALLAN SLIPPER
Church of England (Anglican Communion)
"I think the 'how' is easier to say than the 'what.' The how is by growing in real love and that means a real friendship with one another. Because as we grow in friendship, we learn to understand one another more. What I would like to see more understanding of is of the reality of being truly Church. Because sometimes, and I'm not saying it's true of all Roman Catholics, but sometimes we are seen in effect as a second-class Church.”

The Second Vatican Council gave a strong impetus to ecumenism. It ended a stage of mutual suspicion, and made a new way of dialogue with other Christians possible. 

Since then, the popes following the Council have had important meetings. Most recently were the prayer in the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the trip to Sweden to remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and an October meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury.


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