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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.

He was planning on a nice, quiet trip to Rome, but that all changed when he walked out to St. Peter's Square and saw an old friend

"He stopped the Popemobile and told me, come on in. I jumped over the barriers with the help of the Pope's security team.” 

That friend of course, was the Pope himself. As an Argentinian priest, they had known each other since 1988, when he was ordained a deacon and eventually a priest by Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio

"I cant really say I was the Pope's super close friend. But really all of us, all priests from Buenos Aires had strong ties with him and I think that came from his availability." 

But things didn't stop there. One day after these images made their way across the globe, Father Fabian Baez got yet another surprise. 

"Yeah, the Pope called me over the phone. He said he hoped I didn't feel uncomfortable by  the whole popemobile thing.” 

The last time they'd seen each other was back on December 2012, just a few months before he was elected Pope. But, Baez thinks the Pope's invitation was much more than just a fun gesture, though that definitely was part of it... 

"Yeah, he told me the best part of it all, was seeing me jump over the barrier.”

Above all else, he says, it was a message for priests, inviting them to be close to their flock. 

"The fact that he recognized me among thousands, reminds me of God's relationship with us. We aren't just a big crowd, God seeks us out individually.” 

And that he says, made this trip unforgettable. When he goes back home, he will have plenty of stories to tell.
 

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