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Pope appoints new bishops in Korea, the Philippines, the U.S. and Ukraine

May 31, 2016. The Pope has appointed John Bosco Chang-Ho Shin Auxiliary Bishop of Daegu, Korea. Between 1993 and 1998 he studied theology at Romes Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum and Liturgy at the Pontifical Institute of St. Anselm. Jose Elmer Imas Mangalinao has been named auxiliary bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Philippines. He was director of the College of the Immaculate Conception in Cabanatuan City. Pope Francis has also appointed Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Deliman from Philadelphia, USA. He was pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Vitaliy Skomarovskyi has been named Apostolic Administrator of Kyiv-Zhytomyr in the Ukraine, until he is assigned as bishop in that diocese.
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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.

The miracle cure for Floribeth Mora paved the way for the canonization of John Paul II. The 50-year-old Costa Rican woman was cured, without scientific explanation, from an irreversible brain aneurysm. She has no doubt that John Paul II cured her.

In April 2011, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.

In May, Flory, as her friends call her, saw the beatification of John Paul II on television. The next day, something unexpected happened.

FLORIBETH MORA
"From the emptiness of my room, I heard a voice that told me: 'Get up.' I got up, I walked into the kitchen where my husband was and he says: 'What are you doing?' I said: 'I feel fine.'”

Months later, the doctors confirmed her inexplicable cure. Afterward, Flory shared her story online. At that point the postulator for Karol Wojtyla began looking into her case.

MSGR. SLAWOMIR ODER
Postulator, Sainthood cause of John Paul II 
"It was something that, like the doctors said, could have been considered a growth, a part of the body that had been cut. Because, in reality, what happened inside her brain, where there had been an aneurysm, the way it had developed, evolved, it makes us think of restitutio integrum. In other words, the total disappearance, the restoration to how it was before the sickness developed. There was no trace of the cause of the woman's suffering.”

Slawomir Oder said that what convinced him about her testimony was that Floribeth never sought out attention.

MSGR. SLAWOMIR ODER
Postulator, Sainthood cause of John Paul II 
"Her healing is an answer of God's Providence, through the intercession of John Paul II, to the prayer of a mother who prayed so that her family, her husband, her children, her grandchildren, wouldn't be left without the presence of their mother, wife and grandmother.”

These days, Floribeth Mora is preparing for her trip to Rome on April 27. She will hand Pope Francis the relics of John Paul II, during his canonization ceremony.


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