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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.

Excitement and lots of emotion following canonization of two Popes

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John Paul II and John XXIII are now saints. Pope Francis elevated them to the altars before hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.

"For us, it's been wonderful, truly wonderful to be here during this historic moment for the Church.”

"We felt lots of joy, lots of happiness, tranquility, and comforted by our faith.”

"Never in my life, I've had this excitement, a very very overwhelming feeling.”

Once the ceremony ended, Pope Francis boarded his Popemobile and greeted pilgrims in the Square, and neighboring Via della Conciliazione. It only added to overall excitement of the event.

"I was about 80 feet from the Holy Father. I love it. It's been a unique experience.”

"I got goosebumps, I'm telling you. For me it was very important.”

Though wariness showed on some of their faces, their elation and emotion won out. Few even continued singing and celebrating, hours after the event.

"We slept what we could, but we're not tired now.”

"Good spirits keep you fresh, they keep you awake. Not tired, just a bit sleepy.”

But that wasn't the case with everyone. After waiting for so long, several pilgrims gave in to hunger and fatigue.

"We want to eat and sleep a little.”

Now that the event is over, St. Peter's Square will slowly get back to normal. Pilgrims will return back home, having lived through a unique experience in the history of the Church. 


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