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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.

Pope Francis meets with Jonathan Goodluck, president of Nigeria

2014-03-24

Pope Francis welcomed Jonathan Goodluck, the president of Nigeria. The meeting was short, just 11 minutes, but warm. Goodluck thank the Pope for the Church's contributions to the country, especially in health care and education.

The two leaders also talked about religious freedom, and they condemned all forms of violence. The two also spoke about their desire for a return to peaceful coexistence in the country.

For over two years, Nigeria has been under constant attack from Boko Haram, a terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda. They seek to impose Shar'ia Law in the northern half of the African country. Their attacks have claimed the lives of thousands of Christians and Muslims alike.

As a gift, the Nigerian president gave the Pope an embroidered cloth, meanwhile Pope Francis gave him a bronze medallion.


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