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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.

Portuguese Cardinal, José Policarpo, dies at 78

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Portuguese Cardinal and Patriarch Emeritus of Lisbon, José da Cruz Policarpo  has passed away. He died on Wednesday, March 12th  from heart complications at the age of 78. 

Born in Alvorninha in 1936, he was made a cardinal by John Paul II back on February 21, 2001. 

He took part in two conclaves, the one where Benedict XVI was elected and then Pope Francis. 

Evangelizing was one of his priorities. Ten years ago during an interview, he described it as the main challenge the Church was facing. 

CARD. JOSÉ DA CRUZ POLICARPO 
March 13, 2004 
"The Church is about evangelizing, right? I think 
this is one of its main challenges. Having the Church stay true to itself.” 

With his death, the College of Cardinals now has 217 cardinals of whom 120 are eligible to vote in an eventual conclave. 

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