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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.
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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.

Pope sends off Cardinal Francesco Marchisano in funeral Mass

2014-07-30

Dozens of prelates and people that knew Cardinal Francesco Marchisano attended his funeral on Wednesday at St. Peter's Basilica.

Card. Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, presided the ceremony, joined by several bishops and archbishops.

During Mass, Pope Francis led the rites of the Final Commendation and the Valediction.

Card. Marchisano passed away on July 27, in Rome. He worked at the Roman Curia since 1956, mainly in areas dealing with the Church's cultural and art heritage.

The Pope highlighted his contributions to this field in a telegram of condolence, and noted his service to the Church.

Card. Marchisano passed away at the age of 85, and therefore, did not take part in the conclave to elect Pope Francis. With his death, the College of Cardinals decreased to 212 members, but the papal electors remain at 118 cardinals.


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