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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.

Vatican confirms that Pope Francis will visit South Korea in August

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With one of the world's most dynamic Churches, South Koreans have another reason to be proud, Seoul Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung is now a cardinal.

 

He leads a growing Church, with one of the highest conversions of Catholics, and a big missionary spirit. That will be on full display for Asian Youth Day. Especially since the Vatican just confirmed that the Pope himself will be a guest, from August 14th to the 18th.

 

Even though there were rumors, an official announcement had not yet been confirmed, until Monday. As the Cardinal prayed for the Pope's visit, he noted that his predecessor, Benedict XVI, visited all continents, except Asia.

 

This year, the South Korean city of Daejeon will host Asian Youth Day in the month of August, where thousands of young adults are expected to celebrate their faith.

 

The Seoul cardinal emphasized that Jesus was born in the heart of Asia. The Pope's visit he said, will inject hope, and usher in a new era for the Church in Asia.

 

Despite its long history, Catholicism is still relatively new to Korea. In fact, it was laypeople, not missionaries, who established the first Catholic communities in the peninsula in the 18th Century.

 

It's a testament to the local church's missionary spirit. A spirit that at times came at the cost of lives. It's expected that during the visit by Pope Francis, he will preside the beatification ceremony for 124 Korean martyrs, victims of religious persecution.

 


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