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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.

King of Bahrain gives the Pope a model of 'the largest church in the Arab Peninsula'

2014-05-19

Dressed in a white and beige cloak and with a sword tucked into his waistband, the King of Bahrain met with Pope Francis in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. 

The Pope and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa,  held a 27 minute meeting, where they talked about peace and stability in the Middle East and also the contribution of Christians in the country, which make up about 10 percent of the population

As a gift, the King gave the Pope a 3 foot long model of a church that will be built in Bahrain, which according to the King, will be the largest parish in the Arab peninsula. He also added that two mosques, one modern the other ancient, will be near the construction site. 

The Pope gave him a medallion of the angel of peace.

POPE FRANCIS 
"The Angel defeats the devil.” 

The all male entourage included officials dressed in traditional clothing and the other half in Western suits. 

Even though a translator helped them out during their meeting, before heading out, the Pope said a few words in English. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Your Majesty, thank you very much. Pray for me.” 

At the end of his meeting with the Pope, the King had a meeting with the Vatican's Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin. 



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