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Pope appoints new bishops in Korea, the Philippines, the U.S. and Ukraine

May 31, 2016. The Pope has appointed John Bosco Chang-Ho Shin Auxiliary Bishop of Daegu, Korea. Between 1993 and 1998 he studied theology at Romes Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum and Liturgy at the Pontifical Institute of St. Anselm. Jose Elmer Imas Mangalinao has been named auxiliary bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Philippines. He was director of the College of the Immaculate Conception in Cabanatuan City. Pope Francis has also appointed Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Deliman from Philadelphia, USA. He was pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Vitaliy Skomarovskyi has been named Apostolic Administrator of Kyiv-Zhytomyr in the Ukraine, until he is assigned as bishop in that diocese.
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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.

Pope Francis meets with president of the Republic of the Congo

2013-12-09

The President of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou-Nguesso arrived at the Apostolic Palace for an official visit to the Vatican.

Pope Francis welcomed him inside his library. The two spoke about the relationships between the two countries, as well as the role of the Church in the Congo, especially in the field of education.

Another important topic the two leaders addressed is the situation of refugees in the Republic of the Congo, and security in the region.

After their meeting, the Congolese president introduced his delegation, including ministers and the ambassador.

As a gift, the president gave the Pope two copies of a geopolitics journal, featuring an article he wrote on sustainable development and security in Africa. Meanwhile, the Pope gave him a medallion of his pontificate.


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