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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: Pray for peace between Israel and Palestine

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With the ongoing tension and violence in the Holy Land, the Pope made a call for peace, urging everyone to pray for Israel and Palestine. 

As he looked over St. Peter's Square during the Sunday Angelus, he said that despite the spike in violence, the prayer meeting he hosted with the presidents of Israel and Palestine, was not in vain

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"Some may think that the prayer meeting was useless. You're wrong! Prayer helps us not get carried away by evil, so that violence and hate are not trumped by dialogue and reconciliation.”  

He then asked the thousands of pilgrims gathered out in the Square to take a few moments of silence to pray for peace. The Pope also read a prayer, he personally wrote. 

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"Let us hear the cries of our fellow countrymen, who ask us to transform our weapons into instruments of peace. Our fear into trust, our tension into forgiveness. Amen.” 

He also reflected on Sunday's Gospel reading, on the parable of the sower, whose seeds bore fruit in rich soil. 

The Pope is on vacation. So, even though he does have private meetings, his public meetings, like his weekly general audience are not being carried out.  The Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square,  are his only public appearances this month. 


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