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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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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."

Lebanese Catholics see new cardinal as symbol of unity in Middle East

2012-11-26

MAURICE BACHIR
Lebanese Visitor
"I think I'm one of the lucky ones who got the chance to see the ceremony. It's an honor to be here and it's something to be done once in a lifetime.”

More than 500 Lebanese, including President Michel Suleiman, witnessed the ceremony, where the Pope handed the Patriarch his ring and a round biretta, special only to the Maronite rite of the Catholic Church.

The decision by Benedict XVI to create another cardinal from Lebanon sends an important message, they say. 

MAURICE BACHIR
Lebanese Visitor
"It's a message of peace. It's a message of what Jesus our lord commanded, that we love each and everyone like our brothers.”

The message goes beyond borders, and across religions. It plays out every day across multiethnic and multi-religious Lebanon.

MAURICE BACHIR
Lebanese Visitor
"I believe that Lebanon, as the Pope John Paul II said, it's more than a country, it's a message. It's a live example of how we live together. 18 different religions, we live together side by side.”

The Pope has taken special interest in the region. Rai's creation as cardinal comes two months after Benedict XVI visited the Land of Cedars.


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