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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.

World Cup at the center of Pope's meeting with Latin American bishops

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Pope Francis met with the leadership of the Populorum Progressio Foundation. The group works closely with indigenous communities in Latin America.

"The patriarch of America...”

Surrounded by his colleagues,the Pope showed right away the humility he is known for.


-Did you celebrate his birthday? Did you get him a cake?
-Later today.

Throughout the audience, there was one thing on their minds. Pope Francis joked with the archbishop of Salvador in Brazil. 


"Congratulations. The first goal against [Brazil] must have been hard to swallow.”

Business aside, when they finished the formal part of their audience, the conversation between the Pope and the group shifted again to the World Cup. 


-Your Holiness, Colombia will beat Greece.
-It's possible.


Before saying goodbye, the Pope had a surprise in store for the archbishop of Guayaquil, Ecuador, who celebrated his birthday on June 3.


"He turned 75 years old, so we have to give him his birthday gift.”

John Paul II established the Populorum Progessio Foundation in 1992 to support the development of campesinos, or farmers, in Latin America.


The foundation leadership meets every year in Rome. The four-day session started on Tuesday and closed off with the Pope's audience.


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