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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.

Decree for the Causes of Saints

2014-01-27

January 27, 2014. Pope Francis signed the decree recognizing the martyrdom of Servant of God Pedro Asúa Mendía, killed in hatred of the faith in Spain in 1936. He also recognized the heroic virtues of: Italian Servant of God Giuseppe Girelli, a diocesan priest who died in Verona in 1978; Spaniard Servant of God Zacarías Salteráin, a Barefoot Carmelite who died in India in 1957; Marcella Mallet, founder of the Sisters of Charity of Quebed, and died in 1871; Servant of God María Benedicta Arias, founder of the Servant Sisters of 'Jesus Sacramentado,' who died in Argentina in 1894; Servant of God Margaret of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Founder of the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus, who died in Malta in 1952: Servant of God Serafina of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ, who died in Brazil in 1988; and Servant of God Elisabetta Sanna, member of the Third Order of St. Francis, who died in Rome in 1857.