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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 sets the canonization date to declare six new saints

2014-06-12

Pope Francis approved the canonization of six blesseds during a Public Ordinary Consistory at the Apostolic Palace. The six blesseds will be declared saints on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

The list of soon-to-be saints includes Ludovico de Casoria, an Italian Franciscan friar born in Casoria in 1814. After teaching Philosophy and Mathematics for 20 years, he decided to spend his life rescuing children sold as slaves in Africa.

Indian priest Kurioakose Elias Chavara will also be canonized. He founded the Congregation of the Carmelites of the Mary Immaculate. He and Carmelite nun Euphrasia Eluvanttihal will become the third and fourth saints from the Syro Malabara Catholic Church.

The list also includes three other Italians: Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Amato Ronconi.

After Card. Angelo Amato, prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints read their names aloud, Pope Francis approved their canonization in Latin.


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