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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.

How to live out Lent, according to Pope Francis

2014-03-05

Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis at Wednesday's General Audience to Lent. He defined it as a time of conversion.

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"Lent is a strong point. It's a turning point that can favor within all of us a change, a conversion. We all need to improve, to change, to change for the better.”

Pope Francis asked Catholics to better live out their Baptism. This way, he said, they won't "passively accept” a world that doesn't pay attention to God, in which parents don't teach their children to pray.

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"I ask you: your children, your kids, can they make the sign of the cross? Think about it. Your grandchildren, can they make the sign of the cross? Have you taught them to do it? Think and answer it within your hearts.”

Pope Francis added that Lent also helps overcome "challenging situations,” like violence and poverty. 

As the weather improves, Pope Francis spends even more time greeting pilgrims on board his Popemobile, before the General Audience.

This week, one of the groups that caught the Pope's attention were these children dressed in yellow. The Pope got off his Popemobile to greet them individually.

Another warm moment took place when pilgrims gave the Pope this colorful hat. After blessing it, Pope Francis didn't hesitate to try it on.


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