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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.

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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