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New Bishops
May 27, 2015 Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Pedro Carlos Cipolini as the new Bishop of Santo Andre in Brazil. Msgr. Guerrino Riccardo was appointed as the new Bishop of the diocese of Janauba, Brazil. 
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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."

John Paul II and John XXIII depicted in gold, silver and bronze

2014-03-03

The Vatican will mint new coins and stamps dedicated to the canonizations of John Paul II and John XXIII. But people will have to wait until the end of March to get their hands on these prized collectors items.

MAURO OLIVIERI
Director, Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office
"We started with the images that people have closer to their hearts, that show the fondness of these two Popes.”

The Polish Pope's coin, made of gold, can be purchased for 50 euros, or $69. Meanwhile, the Good Pope's silver coin will be 20 euros, or $28.

MAURO OLIVIERI
Director, Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office
"For Pope John XXIII, we show him giving a blessing, with St. Peter's Basilica in the back, and a full moon, a clear reference to that famous speech about the moon. Meanwhile, John Paul II is depicted with a globe behind him, also in mid-blessing, and with a mitre. We wanted to show how many people remember him, traveling to meet with the faithful, across the world.”

The newly-minted coins will be released along with the first Vatican euro coins in 2014, which feature Pope Francis, as well as these two medallions in silver and bronze.

MAURO OLIVIERI
Director, Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office
"John XXIII is represented with the pontifical tiara, which after his pontificate, during the pontificate of Paul VI, was never used again. He was the last one to use it. Meanwhile, John Paul II is shown with, let's call it the bishop's mitre, as the bishop of Rome.

Due to the nature of their unique work, this Vatican department works with the distant future in mind. But any unexpected change like a Pope's death or sede vacante can change their plans completely.

Case and point: this coin to mark the ninth year of Benedict XVI's pontificate, which never came to be. 


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