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Pope Francis appoints new auxiliary bishops in Paris and Valencia, Spain

June 27, 2016. Pope Francis has appointed Denis Jachiet and Thibault Verny as the new auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Paris. Arturo Pablo Ros has also been appointed as the new auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain. More:
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Todays schedule for Popes trip to Armenia

June 26, 2016. At 7:15 a.m. Rome Time - 9:15 a.m. Local Time - Meeting with Armenian Catholic bishops in Echmiadzin.
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Todays schedule for Popes trip to Armenia

June 25, 2016. At 6:45 a.m. Rome Time - 8:45 a.m. Local Time - Visit to Tzitzernakaberd, the Armenian genocide memorial. More:
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New bishop in Gibraltar

June 24, 2016. The Pope has appointed a new bishop in Gibraltar. He is Carmelo Zammit, from the clergy of the Archdiocese of Malta.
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Pierbattista Pizzaballa to be the provisional the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

June 24, 2016. Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the former custodian of the Holy Land, will provisionally be the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. The Pope has accepted Patriarch Fouad Twals resignation for reasons of age.
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New auxiliary bishops in Sydney

June 24, 2016. The Pope has appointed two new auxiliary bishops of Sydney, Australia. Monsignor Anthony Randazzo, who was, until now Archbishop of Brisbane assistant; and Richard James Umbers, of the Prelature of Opus Dei and chaplain at the Warrane College at the University of New South Wales.
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New bishop in Myanmar

June 24, 2016. The Pope has appointed Monsignor Basilio Athai as the new bishop of the archdiocese of Taunggyi in Myanmar. He was until now an auxiliary bishop of this diocese.
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Todays schedule for Popes trip to Armenia

June 24, 2016. At 1:00 p.m. Rome Time - 3:00 p.m. Local time -- Arrival at "Zvartnots" Yerevan International airport. - Welcome ceremony. More:
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Pope announces the canonization of Elisabeth of the Trinity and Manuel González

June 20, 2016. The Pope will name seven new saints on October 16th. The name of two of them was already known, Fr. Brochero of Argentina and the Mexican Cristero child, José Sánchez del Río. During this meeting with Cardinals, he announced that the same day, he will also canonize Elisabeth of the Trinity, a French Discalced Carmelite who died at 26 years old due to Addisons disease. Although she could only devote five years to religious life, she had demonstrated her vocation before by teaching catechism and helping the underprivileged. The second saint is the Spanish Manuel Gonzalez. He was bishop of Malaga and Palencia and died in 1940. Before he founded the Eucharistic Union and the Eucharistic Missionaries of Nazareth.
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Vatican welcomes a second group of nine Syrian refugees

June 17, 2016. Yesterday, the Vatican Gendarmeria accompanied a group of nine refugees from Athens to Rome. With the Popes promise to help these families, the Community of Sant’Egidio will provide their housing. Six adults and three children arrived from Syria to Lesvos from the Turkish coast. Two of the nine are Christians.
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The main accused of Vatileaks 2 begins “partial-release”

June 14, 2016. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, the main accused for leaking confidential documents of the Holy See to the press, is under partial release since last Saturday, June 11. This means he is able toleave his cell for a few hours a day, but always must stay within Vatican territory. The priest has asked to remain in his original cell at the time of his arrest, although with this new regime he could be given a different room always within the Vatican walls.
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Pope promulgates new decrees for the causes of beatification

June 14, 2016. The Pope has recognized the martyrdom of Jose Alvarez-Benavides y de la Torre and 114 religious companions killed by "hatred of the faith” between 1936 and 1938 in Spain. He also approved the heroic virtues of: Vicente Garrido Pastor, diocesan priest, founder of the Secular Institute of the Workers of the Cross (1896-1975. Spain). Elisea Mary Oliver Molina, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mary of Mount Carmel (1869-1931 Spain). Pablo María Guzmán Figueroa (1897-1967. Mexico). He founded the Congregation of Missionaries of the Holy Trinity Eucharistic. Maria de Jesus Guízar Barragan (1899-1973 Mexico). Founder of Instituto de "Siervas Guadalupanas de Cristo Sacerdote.” Bernardo de Vasconcelos, Benedictine monk (1902-1932. Portugal). Antonín Cyril Stojan, Archbishop of Ołomuniec (1851-1923. Czech Republic). Luigi Lo Verde, Franciscan monk (1910-1932. Tunisia).
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Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65 years as a priest with Pope Francis

June 14 , 2016. Benedict XVI will go back to the Apostolic Palace for the first time after his resignation. He will be honored at Clementine Hall for the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Joseph Ratzinger was ordained priest on June 29, 1951, in Freising,Germany. He was 24-years-old. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28th. Pope Francis will be joining the Pope Emeritus.
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Statement by the Holy See Press Office Director on the Orlando massacre

13 de junio, 2016. The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred. (More...)
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Vatican publishes statutes of new dicastery dedicated to the laity, family and life

June 6, 2016. The Vatican has published the statutes of the new dicastery dedicated to the laity, family and life. It will be run by an archbishop, but for the first time his second in line can be a lay person, man or woman. This new department will be instituted on September 1 and provide for the incorporation of members, "as individuals, married or unmarried, or as members of associations, movements and communities," as part of their plenary assembly.
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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.

Pope Francis prepares encyclical on the Ecology for start of 2015

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Pope Francis has reportedly spent months drafting his new encyclical on Creation, and respect for the environment.

In March, during an audience with superiors from the Franciscan order, the Pope expressed how much this topic concerns him, and asked them for advice.

FR. MICHAEL ANTHONY PERRY
Minister General, Order of Friars Minor
"The Pope himself brought up the issue of the environment. And he talked about his deep concern that we need, the Church needs, to find the way to respond, using the best of science. But also using the best of goodwill of all of humanity, to bring together a consensus on trying to respond to the crisis, the ecological crisis.”

To help him reflect on this issue, the Franciscan leaders gave him a copy of their "Franciscans for Ecology” text. In it, they cite several initiatives within this field that the Order has promoted, alongside people of other faiths.

FR. MICHAEL ANTHONY PERRY
Minister General, Order of Friars Minor
"I was in the Amazon region in February. I've been there three times in the last year, and every time I go I see greater deforestation. FLASH And I was just in Eastern Congo where there's also  conflict over the mineral resources there, and the impact that that is having on the social climate.”

But, the Franciscan Minister General said he believes the world will have to wait to read the encyclical. Vatican sources point to early 2015.

FR. MICHAEL ANTHONY PERRY
Minister General, Order of Friars Minor
"Keep in mind that the Pope, the Church, in October, will have a Synod on family life. There will be a pre-Synod and then the Synod. So the Pope is gonna be very busy preparing for that Synod. So, some time after October, maybe November. He might wait until the beginning of the new year.”

Fr. Michael Perry highlighted that looking after the environment is an issue that all people, believers and non-believers, should work for.

The Pope also turned to other figures like Erwin Kräutler, bishop of Xingu, a diocese in the Amazon greatly affected by deforestation.


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