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New Custodian of the Holy Land

May 20, 2016. Friar Francesco Patton is the new Custodian of the Holy Land. He succeeds Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who was in office for the last 12 years. Friar Francesco Patton is 52 years old from Vigo Meano (Italy). He graduated in Communication Sciences from the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome and until now was the provincial minister of the Order of Friars Minor in Saint Vigilius of Trent.
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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.

Mexican Cardinal, Javier Lozano Barragan, turns 80

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CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGÁN
(April 21, 2005) "He looked like a little skeleton. He was only skin and bones. His cheek was visible affected from the disease. He was there with his mother and I was there as well. When the Pope's plane landed in Zacatecas, John Paul II saw the boy, grabbed him and kissed him. After that kiss, eventually the boy was cured.”

In 1997, the Pope asked him to lead the Vatican's department that's responsible for the pastoral care of the sick. 

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGÁN
(January 12, 2007) "I really don't know how that happened, but he appointed me as the new president of this ministry or health department. I was surprised because at that point, I had mostly focused on theology, culture, catechesis and political dialogue on Latin America.”

Under his new role, he launched the 'Good Samaritan' Foundation which buys medication to care for AIDS patients in poor countries. Part of his responsibility was to make sure donations were used precisely for that purpose. 

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGÁN
(January 12, 2007) "This foundation is like a bridge. We promote the foundation by saying, please help these AIDS patients. So donors send us money and we make sure we buy enough medicine for these patients. Right now the number of people who die from AIDS on a daily basis is about 8,000. No one helps them.”

Then in March 2012, he accompanied Benedict XVI when he visited Mexico and Cuba. Here in Rome, things are not that different. He's often seen on the front row, smiling during Papal ceremonies. 

At the age of 80, cardinals lose the right to vote in an eventual conclave. So after his birthday, the number of cardinal electors will stand at 118. 


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