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New auxiliary bishops in Brooklyn (USA)
May 19, 2015. Pope Francis has named James Massa and Witold Mroziewski, who is Polish, auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn (USA). The area has about 4.8 million residents, and 1.5 million are Catholic.
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Oscar Romero becomes patron of Caritas Internationalis

May 18, 2015. Msgr. Oscar Romero was adopted as a patron of Caritas Internationalis, according to an announcement that came just after the organization's General Assembly in Rome ended. The former Archbishop of San Salvador will be beatified on May 23, more than 35 years after he was assassinated while performing Mass.

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Appointments
May 15, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Domenico Pompili as the new Bishop of Rieti, Italy. He will take the post previously held by Bishop Delio Lucarelli.
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Appointments
May 11, 2015. Pope Francis has nominated Fr. Jorge Enrique Izaguirre Rafael as the New Bishop of Chuquibamba, Peru. He will take over the post previously held by Msgr. Mario Busquets Jordá. 
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New bishops in Brazil, Spain and the Democratic Republic of Congo
May 6, 2015. The Pope has appointed Tarcísio Scaramussa, to be the Bishop of Santos (Brazil). Until now, the position was held by Jacyr Francisco Braido. Also in Brazil, the Pope has appointed Edson de Castro Homem to be the Bishop of the Diocese of Iguatu and Agenor Girardi to be Bishop of the Diocese of Uniao da Vitoria.

The Vatican also announced that the Pope has appointed Manuel Sánchez Monge bishop of the Diocese of Santander (Spain). Emery Kibal Mansong'loo will become the Bishop of Kule (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Further, there is a new Vicar Apostolic of Bontoc-Lagawe (Philippines) and two new members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Archbishop of Dijon Roland Minnerath and Anthony Colin Fisher, Archbishop of Sydney.
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Raúl Castro to meet with Pope
May 6, 2015. Cuban President Raúl Castro will meet privately with Pope Francis on Sunday morning, May 10. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi  said, "President Raúl Castro has publicly thanked the Pope for his role in fostering the rapprochement between Cuba and the United States of America."

What is a consistory?

2012-11-22

CARD. FRANCESCO MONTERISI
Archpriest, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
"Appointing cardinals is an exclusive duty for the Pope, and there is nothing that limits him. Naturally, there are certain tasks that, according to tradition, can only be carried out by cardinals, such as getting appointed as archpriests to one of the 4 papal basilicas in Rome.”

On the day of the consistory, St. Peter's Basilica dons its best regalia to introduce the new cardinals. The College of Cardinals will also be on site to welcome its newest members.

CARD. FRANCESCO MONTERISI
Archpriest, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
"My appointment took place in 2010. It was a solemn ceremony. I remember clearly what the Pope said to us that day. He emphasized that, as cardinals, we are at the service of the Church, not temporary things.”

During the mass, the Pope will call up the cardinal-designates one by one. He will hand them a ring, a red crest and a papal bull, a document that certifies their appointment as cardinals and their new tasks within the Church.

CARD. FRANCESCO MONTERISI
Archpriest, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
"The ring is the sign of communion, of unity, of affection between the Pope and the new cardinal. The red crest is the external symbol to indicates that the person wearing it is a cardinal, and a collaborator of the Pope.”

After the ceremony, the new cardinals will spread out within the Apostolic Palace and the Paul VI Hall. They will greet visitors for several hours, in a period Italians refer to as a "warm visit” because of the warmth the new cardinals receive from their visitors.

It's a moment of celebration for the Catholic Church in and outside of Rome.


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