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April 18, 2015. Pope Francis will preside the ceremony of the Lord's Passion at 17.00. At 21.15, he will take part in the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum.
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April 17, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Fr. José Augusto Traquina Maria as an auxiliary bishop for the Patriarchate of Lisbon (Portugal). He also named Fr. José Trinidad Fernández Angulo as an auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese of Caracas (Venezuela), and Fr. Francisco José Villas-Boas Senra de Faria Coelho as the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Braga (Portugal).
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April 16, 2014. After meeting with Card. Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saint, Pope Francis promulgated a decree on several sainthood causes. He recognized the miracles attributed to: Italian friar Ludovico da Casoria; and Italian Tertiery Amato Ronconi. The Pope also recognized the heroic virtues of two Servants of God: French missionary priest Alano Maria Guynot de Boismenu, and Austrian priest Guglielmo Janauschek.
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April 15, 2014. On Tuesday, Pope Francis met with Msgr. Charbel Georges Merhi, from the congreation of the Missionary Lebanese Maronites, and bishop emeritus of San Charbel in Buenos Aires. He also met with Msgr. Marcello Semeraro, bishop of Albano, and secreatry of the Council of Cardinals.
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April 15, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Egidio Nkaijanabwo, and appointed Acquirino Francis Kibira as the new bishop of the dioecese of Kasese (Uganda). He also named Msgr. Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo as the bishop of the diocese of Abeokuta (Nigeria).
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Pope send message, prayers to fire victims in Chile
April 14, 2014. Pope Francis sent out a telegram today to the Bishop of Valparaiso Chile, where he expresses his condolences for the victims killed in a wildfire.
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April 14, 2014. Pope Francis will meet today with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Afterwards, he will receive Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of Rome's diocese. He will also have an audiencie at the Vatican's Clementine Hall with a delegation of the Pontifical College "Leoniano" of Anagni.
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April 8, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Nicola De Angelis, and appointed Msgr. William Terrence McGrattan as the new bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough (Canada).
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Pope to make two summer trips within Italy
April 7, 2014. In between his two international trips this year, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will visit two Italian cities during the summer. On June 21, he will travel to the diocese of Cassano all'Jonio in the region of Calabria. Then on July 5, the Pope will visit the diocese of Campobasso and Isernia in the Molise region.
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April 7, 2014. On Monday morning, Pope Francis met with Card. Fernando Filoni, the prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Then, he welcomed Msgr. Francis Assissi Chullikatt, Permanent Observer to the United Nations and the Organization for American States. At 11AM, the Pope welcomed the remaining group of bishops from Tanzania, on their 'ad limina visit,' and addressed the entire group. Pope Francis met at 12:45 with the organizing committee for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. His last event was at 4PM; he welcomed King Abdullah from Jordania at Casa Santa Marta.
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April 4, 2014. Pope Francis met with Msgr. Adolfo Tito Yllana, apostolic nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo, followed by Msgr. Erwin Kräutler, bishop of Xingu (Brazil), and the bishops from Tanzania on their 'ad limina' visit to the Vatican.
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April 4, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Michel Aupetit as the new bishop of the diocese of Nanterre (France). He also named Fr. Pierre-Yves Michel as the bishop of Valence (France), as well as Fr. Stefan Oster as the bishop of Passau (Germany).
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April 3, 2014. On Thursday morning, at 10:30AM Pope Francis met with José Maria Pereira Neves, the prime minister of Cape Verde. Half an hour later, he welcomed Card. Angelo Amato, prefect for the Congregation of the Causes of Saints. At 11:30, the Pope met and addressed with the bishops from Rwanda, on their 'ad limina' visit to Rome. Then on Thursday afternoon, at 3PM, he will meet with Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, at the papal office in Paul VI Hall.
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April 2, 2014. Pope Francis named Arch. Franco Coppolo as the apostolic nuncio to Chad. Up until now, Msgr. Coppola was the apostolic nuncio to the Central African Republic.
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March 24, 2014. On Monday, at 10:30AM, Pope Francis will meet with Card. Fernando Filoni, prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Poeples. At 11:15, he will welcome Guinean bishops on their "ad limina apostolorum" visit. Then, at 12:15, the Pope will address the Plenary Assembly for the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (for Health Pastoral Care).

Iran promotes 'Religious Diplomacy' 35 years after Islamic Revolution

2014-02-19

The Holy See and the Islamic Republic of Iran are probably the best known theocracies in the modern world. Ties between them date back to the 1500's. With new leadership in both countries, relations are expected to strengthen. At least that's the goal for the Iranian government.

MOHAMMAD TAHER RABBANI
Iranian Ambassador to the Holy See
"The work of the Holy Father: his views towards the homeless, the weakest social classes, and the most vulnerable, and even his views on justice are followed with interest by intellectuals and the elite in Iranian society.”

As the leading voices on Catholicism and Shia Islam, for years now, the two countries have sponsored talks to foster inter-religious dialogue. 

Government officials even acknowledge that, when the time is right, moderate President Hassan Rouhani could make a trip to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. And what could their talking points be during such a visit?

MOHAMMAD TAHER RABBANI
Iranian Ambassador to the Holy See
"Certainly, Dr. Rouhani is interested in boosting ties with the Holy See in the areas of a religious diplomacy, inspired in religious principles. It lays out a plan for the world, a plan against extremist violence, and to have this plan replace the current 'coalitions of war.'” 

The Iranian ambassador said that "religious diplomacy” is based on the search for truth, and is meant to spread common ideals and knowledge on the three monotheistic religions.

Rouhani laid out this plan for religious diplomacy at the United Nations, pushing for the creation of a group to fight religious radicalism. Government officials said the Pope and the Vatican can play a leading role in the process.

MOHAMMAD TAHER RABBANI
Iranian Ambassador to the Holy See
"The Holy See is a religious organism, that guides the Universal Catholic Church. Through this process we can develop a common mechanism to present a multilateral religious diplomacy to the world.”

Though no such meeting has been scheduled, the  ambassador said they'll continue to push for greater "religious diplomacy,” and cooperation with the Vatican. This year, Tehran will host the 9th colloquium between the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and Iran's Islamic Culture and Relations Organization.


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