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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 look back at the conclave that elected Pope Francis


When Cardinal Bergoglio entered the Sistine Chapel on March 12, 2013, he was unaware that a mere 24 hours later, he would leave as the new Pope of the Catholic Church.

He remained calm as the papal master of ceremonies uttered the two famous words that sealed them off from the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, thousands of pilgrims packed St. Peter's Square to witness first-hand the results from the first round of voting. It came just two hours later.

"It was very exciting, but unfortunately it didn't happen today. We'll have to wait until tomorrow to see if we're lucky enough to have a new Pope.”
"I can't describe the feeling, the people's reactions. I think we were all confused because it seemed like white smoke. We all got excited. But it was black smoke. I think the high priests known what their doing. I think they will make a good decision.”

When black smoke emerges, many leave the Square. Others remain at St. Peter's, praying.

On Wednesday, March 13, the skies are overcast. But pilgrims continue flocking to the Square, just in case. At 11:38AM, smoke appears, but still no new Pope. Fumata nera.

Hours later, night had set in when the waiting came to an end. The chimney atop the Sistine Chapel spewed an unmistakable white smoke.

But pilgrims had to wait more than an hour to find out what had happened inside the Sistine Chapel.

Habemus Papam

"It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one... And first of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI. Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him.”

Not many had heard of him, but in a few minutes, his humility won everyone over.

"I'm speechless, but I'm very happy, and he's from the Americas, from Latin America, so happy!” / "He's the first Argentinian too, so I'm definitely very happy.”

"I'm so happy, and I hope that he brings a new sense of renewal, which the Church needs, and of course, I'm very happy that he's Argentinian.”

The rest is history. With simple, kind gestures, Pope Francis unleashed a revolution. He's the first Pope from the New World, and more importantly, he's the people's Pope.

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