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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.

Pope: When you see the poor, do you look the other way?

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Despite the heavy rain, thousands of people came out to St. Peter's Square to pray the Angelus with Pope Francis. 

Reflecting on Sunday's Gospel, the Pope spoke about the multiplication of loaves and fishes, and why it's timeless. He explained that since the very start, Jesus felt compassion for the needy, worrying about feeding them. This he said, is something Christians should emulate. 

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"They don't have food, clothes or even access to medicine. Our needs, although legitimate, are not as urgent as those of the poor.” 

He then added that there are two opposing world views. First, selfishness and then that of sharing and compassion, which comes from God. 

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"How many times do we turn the other way to not face our brothers and sisters in need? Looking away is a polite and elegant way of saying, 'you figure it out.' This is not the way of Jesus. That is selfish.” 

Through the miracle of multiplying fish and loaves the Pope explained that in a way Jesus was  foretelling the Eucharist. It's with the Eucharist that one can respond to other's needs, with compassion. 


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