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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.

Australian Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, passes away

2014-08-04

Australian Cardinal Edward Bede Clancy, passed away on Sunday at the age of 90. Pope Francis sent his condolences to the Archdiocese of Sydney, commending the late Cardinal's dedication to the Church. 

He was made a Cardinal by John Paul II back in 1988. For years, he served as the President of Australia's Bishops' Conference. 

The Archbishop Emeritus of Sydney, also played a key role in the cause for canonization of the first and only Australian saint, St. Mary Mackillop. 

With his death, the College of Cardinals decreases to 211 members. The number of Cardinal electors, remains at 118, since Clancy was already over the age of 80, making him ineligible to vote in a conclave. 



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