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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.

Pope Francis... also a manga 'superhero'?


We thought we had seen all: first a portrait of Pope Francis that could only be seen from above, and then a wax statue that has been visited by tourists from all over the world. But now there's a manga comic book, starring none other than Pope Francis.

Titled 'Pope Francis. I Believe in Mercy,' it's based on the life of Jorge Bergoglio, from his background to his preaching style. Manga artist Sean Lam made the illustrations based on the writings of American author Regina Doman.

Author of 'Pope Francis. I believe in Mercy'
"I was asked to write the comic the same week that he was elected. And so I was alone out there, with all the others journalists, you know, trying to find out about this man, Jorge Bergoglio, who had been elected to the Chair of St. Peter. And I found absolutely fascinating that he is our first Pope from the Americas, from Latinamerica.”

The comic book starts when young Jorge Bergoglio discovers his vocation in Buenos Aires, and goes all the way to the day of his election as Pope and his first words as Pontiff from the balcony St. Peter's.

Author of 'Pope Francis. I believe in Mercy'
"Although Pope Francis just to many people would look like an ordinary man, I think that his short time in the Papacy has shown us that he truly is a superhero. First of all, he is not afraid, he is not afraid of people, no matter how ugly they may seem to other people”.

It is not the first time Regina Doman and Sean Lam join forces to illustrate the life of a Pope: they have also produced a story on Benedict XVI called 'Habemus Papam!'

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