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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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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
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Sanctuaries of Fatima and Aparecida will jointly celebrate their anniversaries in 2017

2014-05-13

The year 2017 will be full of celebrations for the sanctuaries of Fatima and Aparecida.

The first will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Portugal. Aparecida will mark 300 years of the discovery of the image venerated in Brazil.

The bishop of Leiria-Fatima and the archbishop of Aparecida will mark these anniversaries with a joint celebration.

In a press statement, the rector for the Sanctuary of Fatima said that "in dealing with two of the most important Marian sanctuaries in the world, and of two brother nations, united by history and language, as well as the same faith and devotion to Our Lady, we feel the need to celebrate these anniversaries jointly.”

For the moment, the exact details of the celebrations are still unclear. The only thing confirmed so far is that the bishop of Leiria-Fatima will lead ceremony at Aparecida, while the Brazilian archbishop will do the same in Fatima. With these actions, organizers plan to show the special ties between the two shrines.


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