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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."

Mexican Cardinal, Javier Lozano Barragan, turns 80

2013-01-25

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGÁN
(April 21, 2005) "He looked like a little skeleton. He was only skin and bones. His cheek was visible affected from the disease. He was there with his mother and I was there as well. When the Pope's plane landed in Zacatecas, John Paul II saw the boy, grabbed him and kissed him. After that kiss, eventually the boy was cured.”

In 1997, the Pope asked him to lead the Vatican's department that's responsible for the pastoral care of the sick. 

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGÁN
(January 12, 2007) "I really don't know how that happened, but he appointed me as the new president of this ministry or health department. I was surprised because at that point, I had mostly focused on theology, culture, catechesis and political dialogue on Latin America.”

Under his new role, he launched the 'Good Samaritan' Foundation which buys medication to care for AIDS patients in poor countries. Part of his responsibility was to make sure donations were used precisely for that purpose. 

CARD. JAVIER LOZANO BARRAGÁN
(January 12, 2007) "This foundation is like a bridge. We promote the foundation by saying, please help these AIDS patients. So donors send us money and we make sure we buy enough medicine for these patients. Right now the number of people who die from AIDS on a daily basis is about 8,000. No one helps them.”

Then in March 2012, he accompanied Benedict XVI when he visited Mexico and Cuba. Here in Rome, things are not that different. He's often seen on the front row, smiling during Papal ceremonies. 

At the age of 80, cardinals lose the right to vote in an eventual conclave. So after his birthday, the number of cardinal electors will stand at 118. 


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