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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.

This group of alpine soldiers made a pilgrimage to St. Peter's to visit Pope Francis and attend his weekly General Audience.

It's the first time they come to an audience with Pope Francis. They were excited about getting close to the Pope, so much that 800 soldiers showed up.

"This Pope transmits a lot of energy. He is person that doesn't cause fear, a person that is always looking for dialoge.”

Their presence in St. Peter's Square didn't go unnoticed, thanks to their hats. This accesory has full meaning: they use it to distinguish their rank, their battalion, their regiment and even their speciality.

That's why they wanted Pope Francis to bless one, and finally succeeded.

This army of alpine soldiers was founded in 1872 to look after the defense of the Italian mountains. Today they also help in social services.

"We do anything we're asked, as long as it'spossible: cleaning rivers, helping disabled people, giving security...”

They ended their pilgrimage singing, but are hopeful they might come back again soon to give Pope Francis with another hat.


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