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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.

Card. Tomko: Understanding for Pope, age takes its toll on body

2013-02-12

The cardinal says it was a sense of responsibility that prompted the Pope to resign, giving his age and lack of physical strength. Cardinal Tomko says he understands it very clearly.

CARD. JOZEF TOMKO
Prefect Emeritus, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

 “I am 88 years old, so I can say with experience, because, for example, I used to climb a mountain. Today if I go, half an hour, 40 minutes walking on flat surfaces, I tire easily.”

Throughout his lifetime, Cardinal Tomko has seen six pontificates. He says the same questions always arise. After this great Pope, who will be the new Pontiff?

CARD. JOZEF TOMKO
Prefect Emeritus, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

 “We live in a period of great Popes, great in truth, in the same way that in the past we had several that were not very great. So we see that Holy Spirit has chosen well.”

The decision will also depend on the 117 cardinals that will gather in the coming weeks for the conclave.


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