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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.

Going to a weekly General Audience with 40 children is quite challenging. But for the teachers of this Italian school, it was worth it.

"We are here to celebrate the 400 anniversary of the birth of Pope Innocent XII, who was born in our hometown, Spinazzola.”

This group of kids and teachers made a five hour trip from Spinazzola, a village in southeast Italy, to St. Peter's Basilica.

All to give Pope Francis a very special gift: a book they worked on for weeks about Pope Innocent XII, who ruled the Church from 1691 to 1700.

"A teacher handed the book to Pope Francis, postcards and all. The kids could see a little bit from afar, but it was all the same exciting.”

Still, distance varies with age. What for an adult may seem "far” is much closer for these girls who want to make clear they saw Pope Francis.

"He was just an inch away.”

"Yes, just like Roxanna said, he was only an inch away.”

These 40 kids returned home happy after seeing Pope Francis. Perhaps history will choose again their village and one of them becomes Pope just like their beloved Innocent XII.


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