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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."

Pope calls on international community to help persecuted Christians in Iraq

2014-08-08

The Pope is asking government leaders to help persecuted Christians in Iraq. Rising violence has forced an estimated 200,000 people to flee their homes as Islamic extremists take over northern cities.  Through a letter, the Pope called for an end to the bloodshed, highlighting the same call he made during a recent Angelus. 

POPE FRANCIS (July 20th) 
"Today our brothers are persecuted. They are banished from their homes and forced to flee without even being able to take their belongings!”

Most recently, the Vatican's State Department sent a message to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, calling for their governments to take the rising violence seriously. It calls for the international community to offer their help. 

On behalf of the Pope, the Vatican's spokesperson, Fr. Federico Lombardi, read part of the Pope's call for action. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesperson 
"I ask that programs be in place to protect those who are affected or threatened by the violence. May the displaced find the necessary and urgent support they need.” 

Sunni extremists took over the ancient Christian town of Qaraqosh, which housed thousands of displaced Christians from Mosul. Many of them were forced to leave their hometown when extremists gave them a list of ultimatums: Convert to Islam, die or pay a tax for being Christian. 

In the letter, the Pope also highlighted that violence is not overcome with violence

POPE FRANCIS (July 20th)
"Violence is overcome with peace! Let us pray in silence, asking for peace: all of us, in silence...”

The Pope also called on local bishops to organize gatherings to pray for peace in the region.


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