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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

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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).

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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."

Meet the Pope's personal Music Choir

2014-04-04

These young voices join the Pope in all of his liturgical ceremonies. They're the official choir of the Sistine Chapel, and for more than 15 centuries, they've added music and harmonies to Vatican celebrations.

 


MSGR. MASSIMO PALOMBELLA
Director, Pontifical Musical Choir for the Sistine Chapel

"They're the Pope's personal choir. It's been here throughout history, in all the Papal celebrations. So it's a very unique  choir, because of past and the prestige.”

 

 


The choir dates back to the 6th Century, when Pope Gregory Magnus, created the choir, so it could be a part of the Mass.

 

 


Now  it includes about 23 adults and 40 children.  However, joining is not exactly easy.

 

MSGR. MASSIMO PALOMBELLA
Director, Pontifical Musical Choir for the Sistine Chapel

"Each year there are more than 600 candidates, but we only take 12 kids for one particular class. They do an entire year of prep school where they learn vocal techniques that they will later put into practice.”




The 'Pueri Cantores' have a long-standing tradition, expanding centuries, of using music to convey faith. It's another piece of the cultural and spiritual patrimony of the Catholic Church.

 

 


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