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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.
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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.

Pope Francis sends message for the 70th anniversary since landing at Normandy

2014-06-05

Cardinal Pietro Parolin issued a message, on behalf of Pope Francis, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing at Normandy, a decisive moment that led to the end of World War II.

Pope Francis honored the soldiers that "left behind their countries to land at the beaches of Normandy, with the goal to fight Nazi barbarism and to free occupied France.”

He expressed his desire so that new generations recognize the efforts of those who paid such a dear sacrifice. In addition, the Pope asked that the memories of these events are passed on through the education of respect for everyone. He also wrote that this commemoration should also "remind us that the exclusion of God from the lives of people and from societies contributes nothing but death and suffering.”

Lastly, Pope Francis asked St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, patroness of Europe, to guide European nations towards the path of peace. The saint, better known as Edith Stein, was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII.


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