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New bishops in Mexico
December 1, 2015. The Pope has appointed two new auxiliary bishops in Morelia. The first is Victor Alejandro Aguilar Ledesma. Currently he is pastor at the "The Lord of Mercy" parish in Curumbatío. The second is Herculano Medina, treasurer of the diocesan seminary of Morelia.
New bishop in Argentina
December 1, 2015. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Francisco Martin Elizalde as Bishop of Nueve de Julio and has appointed Edgardo Ariel Torrado to take his place. He was until now Coadjutor Bishop of the diocese.
Vaticaleaks-2: Court charged five people for “procuring and revealing” confidential material
November 21, 2015. A Vatican Court formally charged a pair of journalists, two officials, and a secretary to one of the officials for "procuring and revealing” confidential documents and information. They are Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, -who recently wrote books regarding mismanagement in the Vatican-, as well as the Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo Balda, Francesca Chaouqui and Vallejo’s secretary, Nicola Maio. While all five are charged with criminal misappropriation and misuse of Vatican confidential documents; Vallejo, Chaouqui, and Maio, are charged with criminal conspiracy "to divulge information and documents concerning the fundamental interests of the Holy See and the State”. A hearing has been scheduled for next November 24th, 2015 in the Vatican criminal court.
New archbishop in Barcelona (Spain)
November 6, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach as Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain). He has named Monsignor Juan Jose Omella in his place. He was until now Bishop of the Diocese of Calahorra and La Calzada-Logroño.
Vatican arrests two people for allegedly leaking confidential documents
November 2, 2015. The Vatican Police have arrested two people, reportedly linked to the leak of confidential Holy See documents. They are: Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, both of whom were members of COSEA, which stands for the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic Administrative Structure of the Holy See. After her arrest, Francesca Chaouqui was released, after giving her testimony to the Vaticans District Attorneys office. But Msgr. Vallejo Balda is still in custody. He is accused of leaking secret Vatican documents. His arrest comes just days before the release of a book which allegedly contains private conversations between the Pope and COSEA officials. The Holy See describes the release and publication of the documents as a violation of the Popes trust. The Vatican continues to investigate the source of the document leaks. It also adds that if needed, it will seek the assistance of international entities to clarity the allegations. The Vatican also adds that leaking documents in no way helps the mission of the Church or that of the Pope.
Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash
November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.

A Christmas experience for the Catholic geek


If traditional methods haven't worked to get the full Christmas experience, there is still time thanks to modern technology. There are many apps and website to make the most of the Holiday season.

The Spanish website titled "Rediscover Christmas. An Advent Conspiracy” urges people to "conspire,” but in a good way. The project aims to give the proper attention to the defining event of this time of the year: the birth of Jesus.

The website made its debut two years ago with this video:

"Set up a Nativity scene, the Christmas tree, an Advent Wreath, and with your family, sing a song to Baby Jesus. That is Christmas!”

The video went viral, and so the so called "conspiracy” continues every year.

The website also includes guides to build a miniature Christmas tree and the ornaments. And in spreading some Christmas cheer, each week they feature a non-profit group. Here for example, is Kekereke, which helps people in the Central African Republic, as well as Caritas and Manos Unidas. Visitors can even follow the Gospel of the day or meditate using select texts.

And since the Holiday spirit is meant to be shared, there are many ways to spread some Christmas cheer.

One of them is Christmas Facts, which explains some interesting facts about Christmas. For example, in 1643 the British Parliament outlawed Christmas, or that Silent Night was written by an Austrian priest, Joseph Mohr, in 1818.

And even for people looking for greater challenges, there's Christmas Carols, a fun app that shows users how to play a few popular Christmas carols by piano.