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Pope Francis has promulgated new decrees regarding future saints

April 27, 2016. Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtues of the Spanish woman, Montse Grases; the martyrdom of 38 priest in Albania, and has also authorized the beatification of the Irish Jesuit, John Sullivan.
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Pope names new archbishop of Havana. Also new bishops for Mexico and Spain

On April 26 , 2016. Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Juan de la Caridad García, the new archbishop of San Cristobal of Havana after the resignation of Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino for having turned 75. Juan de la Caridad Garcia , 67, was until now archbishop in Camagüey, Cuba. After the resignation of Ulises Macías, the Pope appointed Bishop Ruy Rendon, 62, archbishop of Hermosillo, Mexico on Tuesday. Tuesdays bulletin announced the appointment of Manuel Herrero as bishop of Palencia, Spain; John Alphonsus Ryan as Bishop of Mzuzu, Malawi; and Edward M. Rice, Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in the US. On the diplomatic section, Francisco Montecillo has been named apostolic nuncio in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
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The Pope has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre as the Vatican nuncio to the U.S.

April 12, 2016. The French-born Archbishop will be replacing Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.
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Pope Francis will travel to Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan

April 9, 2016. The Vatican officially announced Pope Francis new international travels. They will be to Armenia (June 24-26), and to Georgia and Azerbaijan (September 30- October 2).
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The Pope will travel to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 7, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16th. It will be a one day trip to visit the refugees arriving in the Greek coast fleeing war and violence. He will be accompanied the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew and Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, Ieronymos II.

What is a consistory?

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CARD. FRANCESCO MONTERISI
Archpriest, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
"Appointing cardinals is an exclusive duty for the Pope, and there is nothing that limits him. Naturally, there are certain tasks that, according to tradition, can only be carried out by cardinals, such as getting appointed as archpriests to one of the 4 papal basilicas in Rome.”

On the day of the consistory, St. Peter's Basilica dons its best regalia to introduce the new cardinals. The College of Cardinals will also be on site to welcome its newest members.

CARD. FRANCESCO MONTERISI
Archpriest, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
"My appointment took place in 2010. It was a solemn ceremony. I remember clearly what the Pope said to us that day. He emphasized that, as cardinals, we are at the service of the Church, not temporary things.”

During the mass, the Pope will call up the cardinal-designates one by one. He will hand them a ring, a red crest and a papal bull, a document that certifies their appointment as cardinals and their new tasks within the Church.

CARD. FRANCESCO MONTERISI
Archpriest, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
"The ring is the sign of communion, of unity, of affection between the Pope and the new cardinal. The red crest is the external symbol to indicates that the person wearing it is a cardinal, and a collaborator of the Pope.”

After the ceremony, the new cardinals will spread out within the Apostolic Palace and the Paul VI Hall. They will greet visitors for several hours, in a period Italians refer to as a "warm visit” because of the warmth the new cardinals receive from their visitors.

It's a moment of celebration for the Catholic Church in and outside of Rome.


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