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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 sends prayers and support to Ukrainian Cardinals, as violence rises

2014-02-21

While most Cardinals are in Rome for the Extraordinary Consistory on the Family, there are a few who are noticeably missing.

As Ukraine deals with the country's rising violence, Cardinals Marian Jaworski and Lubomyr Husar, decided not to attend the meeting in light of the country's political turmoil

On Friday morning, the Pope sent them a greeting on behalf of call Cardinals. 

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"They are suffering right now and they face so many challenges in their country. Maybe it would be nice to send them this message on behalf of everyone. Do you all agree? 

The protests started months ago, but violence has erupted even more in the last few days. The protests were triggered when the government decided to lessen its relationship with the European Union and increase its partnership with Russia. 


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