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Oscar Romero becomes patron of Caritas Internationalis

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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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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."

Pontifical Commission for Latin America celebrates Plenary Assembly on youth

2014-02-28

One of the challenges the Catholic Church faces in Latin America today is the evangelization of youth.

The Pontifical Commission for Latin America gathered last week in Rome under the theme "Educative emergency and transmition of faith in Latin American youth.”

CARD. LEOPOLDO BRENES SOLÓRZANO
Archbishop of Managua (Nicaragua)
"First we saw the instability of our youth, and how little they feel they are loved. After, also, we considered the lash of drugs and then, in political terms, that maybe young people don't want to take part in politics.” 

For the Commission, the WYD in Rio proved that young people also have faith and joy. However, months later, it recognizes that there are a lot of things to do.

CARD. ODILO SCHERER
Archbishop de São Paulo (Brazil)
"It is true that there are some young people that walk with Church. Still, most of them don't. The Church is not in touch with them, in the sense that is not that close to them. It lacks some pastoral organizations, among other things, to get closer to the youth.”

Pope Francis, who was member of this Commission, reminded its members that the Church must always welcome youth just as Christ did.


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