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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.

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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