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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.

Meet the Pope's personal Music Choir

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These young voices join the Pope in all of his liturgical ceremonies. They're the official choir of the Sistine Chapel, and for more than 15 centuries, they've added music and harmonies to Vatican celebrations.

 


MSGR. MASSIMO PALOMBELLA
Director, Pontifical Musical Choir for the Sistine Chapel

"They're the Pope's personal choir. It's been here throughout history, in all the Papal celebrations. So it's a very unique  choir, because of past and the prestige.”

 

 


The choir dates back to the 6th Century, when Pope Gregory Magnus, created the choir, so it could be a part of the Mass.

 

 


Now  it includes about 23 adults and 40 children.  However, joining is not exactly easy.

 

MSGR. MASSIMO PALOMBELLA
Director, Pontifical Musical Choir for the Sistine Chapel

"Each year there are more than 600 candidates, but we only take 12 kids for one particular class. They do an entire year of prep school where they learn vocal techniques that they will later put into practice.”




The 'Pueri Cantores' have a long-standing tradition, expanding centuries, of using music to convey faith. It's another piece of the cultural and spiritual patrimony of the Catholic Church.

 

 


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