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Appointments

July 7, 2015. Msgr. Santiago Silva Retamales, who served as the Auxiliary Bishop of Valparaiso in Chile, has been appointed as the new military ordinariate of Chile.
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New bishops in the Philippines

July 3, 2015. Pope Francishas nominated Msgr. Dennis C. Villarojo andFather Oscar J. L.Florencio to be the Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Cebu(Philippines). Since 2010, Villarojo has been at the parish of OurLady of the Sacred Heart in Cebu City. Florencio has been the rectorof Saint John the Evangelist School of Theology since 2013.
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Pope weighs in on economic crisis in Greece

July 1, 2015 The Vatican is weighing in on the economic crisis that is crippling Greece. Through a written statement, the Vaticans press office issued a release that reads "the dignity of the human person must remain at the center of any political and technical debate." It goes on to say that the Pope "wishes to convey his closeness...with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a keenly felt human and social crisis. The Pope then "invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.”
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Benedict XVI will spend two weeks at Castel Gandolfo

June 30, 2015. Thismorning at 10:00 a.m., Pope Francis said farewell to Pope EmeritusBenedict XVI, before he leaves for Castel Gandolfo. The meetinglasted about 30 minutes. The pope emeritus will return on July 14th< sup>,one day after Pope Francis returns from his trip to Latin America.
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Pope Francis creates Secretariat for Communication

June 27, 2015. The Popehas created a Secretariat for Communication, which will unify allVatican media, including the Press Room, Twitter and the PontificalCouncil for Social Communications. Its prefect is the Italian priestDario Viganò, and the number two is the Argentine Lucio Adrian Ruiz.
Pope Francis

Appointments

June 26, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Hector Luis Gutierrez de Pabon, who served as Bishop of Engativá, Colombia. His post will be taken by Francisco Antonio Nieto Súa, who up until now, served as the Bishop of San José del Guaviare (Colombia).
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Holy See backs two-state solution in Middle East

June 26, 2015. The Holy See and thePalestine Liberation Organization (PLO) have officially signed acomprehensive agreement, in which the Holy See recognizes the Stateof Palestine and supports a two-state solution for peace based on the1967 borders.
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Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia passes away

June 25, 2015. Pope Francis has written a telegram expressing his condolences over the recent death of the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia, Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni. He was 75-years-old and had recently been at San Peters Basilica to celebrate Mass in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.
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Mexican bishop resigns after possible abuse of episcopal office

June 25, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Gonzalo Galván Castillo, who was until now bishop of Autlán, Mexico. A sexual abuse victim said in July of last year that he had been waiting for five years for the bishop to take action against the priest who abused him. Although the Vatican has not provided further information, this case could be treated as abuse of episcopal office.
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Successor of Mother Teresa, passes away.

June 23, 2015. Sister Nirmala Joshi, the head of the Missionaries of Charity, has passed away at the age of 81. She died in the Indian city of Kolkate on Monday night, after suffering heart ailments. Sister Joshi was elected as head of the Missionaries of Charity in 1997.
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Trial against former apostolic nuncio accused of abuse will start on July 11th

June 15, 2015. The former apostolic nuncio to Dominican Republic, Józef Wesołowski will stand trial at a Vatican tribunal. The first hearing will take place on July 11th. Wesołowski has already been removed from the clerical state after being charged with possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of minors.
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American Archbishop Resigns After Mishandling of Abuse Allegations

June 15, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. John Clayton Nienstedt, who served as the Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He also accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop, Rev. Lee Anthony Piche, from that same diocese. Recently, both were accused of ignoring accusations involving an abusive former priest who served in the Archdiocese.
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Pope Francis to travel to Africa

June 12, 2015. The Vatican’s nuncio in the Central African Republic, Mons. Francesco Coppola, confirmed that Pope Francis is planning on visiting the country. He states it will take place on November 2015. It will be Pope Francis’ first visit to Africa.
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New archbishop in Berlin (Germany)

June 8, 2015. The Pope has appointed Heiner Koch as the new metropolitan bishop of Berlin (Germany). Until now, he was bishop of Dresden-Meiβen.
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New military ordinariate of Venezuela

June 8, 2015. Pope Benedict has appointed Adan Mendez Bracamonte to bemilitary ordinariate of Venezuela. Until now, he was military diocesan administrator.

Green Scholar Initiative of the Museum of the Bible and American Bible Society hold Vatican conference on roots of the Bible

2014-05-05

Understanding the history of the Bible isn't simple. It's the most published book in history and it's been translated into more than 2,000 languages, which makes variations inevitable. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE 
"When we read a modern translation, we don't realize but it's the result of many many choices that are made by the translators: which texts they will use, which text they will follow.” 

Fr. Stephen Pisano is from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Centuries ago, he says,  translations of the Gospel, sometimes turned into competitions. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE 
"Erasmus was the first person to come out with the printed edition of the New Testament in Greek in 1516. There was sort of a contest between him and group of people working in Spain to see who could get the first edition out and he won.”

He says the writing of the Scriptures can be divided into three stages: events, recollection of those who knew or heard about Jesus and then publication. 

Pope Francis has been quite vocal about the importance of reading the Bible every day. He even offered thousands of pocket sized Gospel books to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square. He says first and foremost, it's the main responsibility of every Christian to understand the Word of God. 

Fr. Stephen Pisano
PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE 
"The first importance of the Gospel is to come into contact with Jesus, to get to know Him. You come to see more and more, who this Person was, how He thought, how He reacted in different situations.” 
 
Throughout the month of May, a number of talks on the Bible, will take place just steps away from the Vatican. Titled 'The Bible to the World,' it's sponsored by the Green Scholar Initiative and it's meat to trigger an understanding about the roots of the Bible and its modern day relevance. 



Upcoming conferences: 


Speaker Series at the Vatican
The Bible to the World
April 30–June 3, 2014


Tuesday, May 6 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Jerry Pattengale, The Green Scholars Initiative, and Mr. Cary Summers, Museum of the Bible
"Recent Developments of the Green Collection, the Green Scholars Initiative and the Museum of the Bible”
 The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas Institute Fondazione (Sede secondaria, Italia)
Largo della Sanità Militare, 60-Roma 00184, Italia

Thursday, May 8 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University
"Perspectives from North Africa: St. Augustine on the Beauty of the Cross”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Thursday, May 15 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Nuria Calduch-Benages, Pontifical Gregorian University
"The City as Mater Dolorosa”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Thursday, May 22 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Michelle Brown, University of London
"From Sinai to Scotland—via Rome: the Lindisfarne Gospels and the reception of Logos in Early Christian Europe”
Response from Father Justin, St. Catherine’s Monastery
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Tuesday, June 3 18:00–20:00
Session with Dr. Peter Williams, Tyndale House, Cambridge
"Pre-Islamic Bible Translation in the Levant”
The Sala Pio X, on Via della Conciliazione

Emcees for sessions:
 Dr. Valdo Bertalot, Bible Society in Italy
Dr. Jerry Pattengale, Green Scholars Initiative & Indiana Wesleyan University

Sponsor for sessions:
Green Scholar Initiative

Host for sessions:
American Bible Society
Bible Society in Italy

 This series is being held in conjunction with the Verbum Domini II exhibit, Braccio di Carlo Magno Museum
St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, Italy, 2 April 2014–22 June 2014





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