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Pope appoints new bishops in Korea, the Philippines, the U.S. and Ukraine

May 31, 2016. The Pope has appointed John Bosco Chang-Ho Shin Auxiliary Bishop of Daegu, Korea. Between 1993 and 1998 he studied theology at Romes Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum and Liturgy at the Pontifical Institute of St. Anselm. Jose Elmer Imas Mangalinao has been named auxiliary bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Philippines. He was director of the College of the Immaculate Conception in Cabanatuan City. Pope Francis has also appointed Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Deliman from Philadelphia, USA. He was pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Vitaliy Skomarovskyi has been named Apostolic Administrator of Kyiv-Zhytomyr in the Ukraine, until he is assigned as bishop in that diocese.
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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.

Pope convokes soccer all-stars for 'inter-religious' match in Rome

2014-07-10

The biggest names in the world of soccer will meet at Rome's Olympic Stadium in September for an "inter-religious match for peace.” The idea is part Pope Francis'  Scholas Occurentes project. He tasked former Argentine captain Javier Zanetti with coordinating the event.

It'll take place on September 1st, at the home of Rome's major soccer teams, not far from the Vatican. Zanetti will not only coordinate, but take part in the match, along with superstars Messi, France's Zinadine Zidane, Italy's Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Totti, among others.

The purpose is to foster dialogue and promote peaceful coexistence between religions, Zanetti explained. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences is also organizing the event, although it's unclear yet whether Pope Francis will attend. 

Last year, both Messi and Buffon took the field at the Olympic Stadium for a match in honor of Pope Francis. Argentina came out on top, 2-1. The Pope has constantly praised soccer's ability to bring people together and build relationships.


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