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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.

Recorded in History: Conclave's White Smoke recorded on cell phones

2014-03-13

Millions of people from around the world saw this moment on their tv sets, but a much smaller group actually saw it unfold directly in St. Peter's Square

So with the cold and rain and plenty of cell phones, it's no surprise people started recording that special moment with their hand phones. 

Perhaps the best way to describe the moment was excitement

Even with all that chaos roaming around, some people stayed calm and tried to get the best shot, even zooming in every now and then to get the right image. 

With people from all over the world, pilgrims weren't shy about sharing where they were  from

Combined with all the umbrellas, there were plenty of flags

But for some it was all about soaking it the moment, right then and there. Finding the right words in such a historic moment isn't always easy. 

"Oh , my God”.

"This is incredible”.

When the excitement is enough, knowing the name of the Pope can wait. 

"Habemus Papam! Habemus Papam!”

Once the white smoke emerged from the roof of the Sistine Chapel, visitors waited for about an hour to meet the new Pope. 

Even though Pope Francis was addressing the entire world that night, it was this relatively small group that he directly talked to.  


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