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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.

Albania: The Church in numbers

2014-08-26

Pope Francis' visit to Albania on September 21, will mark his first apostolic trip within Europe.

The country has a population of roughly 3 million people. Christians are a minority. About 7 percent belong to the Orthodox Church of Albania, while 10 percent are Catholics. The big majority of the population, though is Muslim.

Albanian Christians and Muslims have shared a painful past of persecution. In 1967,  Communist dictator Enver Hoxha officially declared Albania as the first atheist state in the world. As part of the new law, the government closed all mosques and churches.  

Now both religions coexist peacefully. This will be an underlying theme of the Pope's visit: the importance of inter-religious dialogue and peaceful co-existence.

The presence of the Catholic Church in the country includes eight bishops, 147 priests and 494 religious.

When Pope Francis announced his visit, he underlined that one of his main goals will be to "strengthen the faith” in the country. He will become the second Pope to visit it. John Paul II visited the country is 1993.


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