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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.

Vatican publishes the Pope's schedule for his visit to Albania

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On Sunday, September 21, Pope Francis is planning on visiting Albania. The Vatican released his schedule, already packed with events.

Pope Francis will spend 14 hours in the Muslim-majority nation. He will leave Rome at 7:30AM. After his arrival in the capital, Tirana, he will meet with the country's leaders at the Presidential Palace.

At 11AM, the Pope will preside Mass and pray the Angelus at Mother Teresa Square.

After Mass, he will have lunch with Albanian bishops, and will also meet with leaders of other Christian Churches.

In the afternoon, the Pope will have two other audiences. At 5PM, he will lead the Vespers at St. Paul's Cathedral in Tirana. Then, at 6:30PM, he will meet with children at the Bethany Christian Services, an organization that takes in orphans and children in challenging family situations. 

At 8PM, Pope Francis will return to Rome, and is expected to arrive at about 9:30PM.


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