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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.

USA and Russia: the top exporters of arms in the world


In the global arms market, there are 10 countries who account for more than 90 percent of all arms trade. 

The U.S. and Russia are the largest exporters, with a combined profit of $16.3 billion in the year 2016. The other three making up the top five are Germany, France and China, who have all been increasing their numbers of exports. These five in total are responsible for 74 percent of all exports throughout the world. 

For the month of June, Pope Francis is asking all Christians to join him in praying for an end to this tragic arms trade.

"Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade so that the merchants of death get rich?”

He has mentioned his disgust for the selling of arms are numerous other occasions as well, mentioning power and money as the root causes. 

"In today’s world there is blood being spilled. Today the world is at war. Many brothers and sisters are dying, -even innocent people-, because the great and powerful want a larger slice of the earth; they want a little more power, or they want to make a little more money on arms trafficking.”

However, the United States alone supplies weapons to more than 100 countries, which is more than any other country. 

This multi-billion dollar industry earned these main contending countries $31 billion in 2016 alone, as the main countries looking to import these weapons are India, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.