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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.

Fr. Andrew Kim Taegon, martyred in 1846 at the age of 25, was the first Korean man to be ordained a priest in the history of the Catholic Church.

In a memorable trip to Seoul in 1984, Pope John Paul II canonized Fr. Taegon along with 102 other martyrs, many of whom were part of the laity.  The canonizations were a direct acknowledgment of the Church’s great history in that country. 

FR. DON JONG-SU JOHN KIM
Rector, Pontifical Korean College (Rome)
"It was the laity who introduced the Catholic Church in Korea. This is a unique situation for the rest of the world. After its introduction, the faith grew through the blood of the martyrs. Catholics in Korea were persecuted for almost a century following the establishment of the Church in the country.” 

In 1989 John Paul II returned to Korea to hold the International Eucharistic Congress. The impact of this visit is still felt today. 

FR. DON JONG-SU JOHN KIM
Rector, Pontifical Korean College (Rome)
"Almost 25 years after his last visit, there are now 5 million Catholics in Korea. I still don't quite understand how he managed to achieve this, but I know that his visit was very dear to Korean people.” 

John Paul II not only strengthened the presence of the Church in Korea, but he also brought Korea to Rome. During his pontificate, he opened the Pontifical Korean College, which was founded in 1990 and then blessed by him in 1998. 

Decades later his vision still bears fruit. The seminary is now a place where both current and future priests from Africa, Oceania, and of course Asia can study in the Eternal City. 


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