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Charlie Daniels, singing country music for more than 50 years
March 27, 2015. The Christian 78-year-old continues to tour throughout the United States.
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New Eparchy and new Exarchate in India
March 26, 2015. The Pope has created the Eparchy of St. John Chrysostom in Gurgaon of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He has also appointed its first bishop, Jacob Barnabas Aerath. Additionally, Pope Francis created the new Apostolic Exarchate of St. Ephrem of Khadki of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He appointed the first Exarch, Bishop Thomas Mar Anthonios Valiyavilayil.
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New bishop in Ecuador
March 24, 2015. Pope Francis appointed Victor Bertram Wick Enzler to be bishop of Santo Domingo (Ecuador). Until now, he served as auxiliary bishop of Guayaquil, also in Ecuador.
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Pope accepts the resignation of Cardinal O'Brien
March 20, 2015. The Pope has accepted the resignation of "the rights and prerogatives of the cardinal" from Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of Edinburgh.
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Pope Francis offers condolences for attack in Tunisia
March 19, 2015. Through the Vatican Secretary of State, Pope Francis expressed his condolences over yesterday's attack in Tunisia. In a telegram sent to Bishop Ilario Antoniazzi, Archbishop of Tunis, the Pope condemned "acts against peace and sacredness of human life." He also expressed his closeness "to all those affected by this tragedy and the Tunisian people subjected to this test." The Pope further asked God "to take the dead into his peace and to comfort the wounded."
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New diocese and bishop in Mexico
March 19, 2015. Pope Francis has created a new diocese in Mexico, the Diocese of Nogales. Its first bishop is Msgr. José Leopoldo González González. He was until now the the auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Guadalajara. The new diocese comes from part of the current Archdiocese of Hermosillo. The Pope also named a new bishop in the Czech Republic. Msgr. Vlastimil Kročil is now bishop of the Disocese of České Budějovice.
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New nuncio in Havana
March 17, 2015. Pope Francis has named Giorgio Lingua nuncio of Havana. He is Italian and until now was the Pope's nuncio in Iraq and Jordan.
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New bishops in Spokane and Lexington (USA)
March 12, 2015. Pope Francis has named Franciscan Fr. John Stowe, 48, Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky (USA). 54-year-old San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Tom Daly has been appointed Bishop of Spokane, Washington (USA).
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Rome Reports will relive the excitement of the Conclave on Twitter
March 11, 2015. To commemorate the two year anniversary of Pope Francis' election, Rome Reports will relive the excitement on March 12 and 13. 

Follow @romereports on Twitter for real-time highlights from the 2013 Conclave.
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IOR appoints new Vice Director
March 6, 2015. Gianfranco Mammi has been appointed as Deputy-Director "with immediate effect for an indefinite term”. According a press release, "the appointment has been approved by the IOR Supervisory Commission of Cardinals and the regulator AIF”.
 
Gianfranco Mammi (59) has started his career at the IOR in 1992 at the cashier desk. Most recently he served as Head of Purchasing Office.

Rolando Marranci has been confirmed as Director General.
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New Archbishop of Sens and the Mission of France
March 5, 2015. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Yves Patenôtre, and has appointed Hervé Giraud as Archbishop of Sens (France) and the territorial prelature of the Mission of France.
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New Nuncio in Honduras
March 5, 2015. The Pope appointed Novatus Rugambwa to be Nuncio in Honduras. Until now, he was Nuncio in Angola and the Republic of São Tomé and Principe.
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New Bishops in Mexico and Brazil
March 4, 2015. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Francisco Ramirez Navarro, the Auxiliary Bishop of Tlalnepantla (Mexico). He has appointed in his place Cuapio Jorge Bautista, of the diocese of Texcoco.

In Brazil, Francisco Joaquim Wladimir was appointed Bishop of Colatina Lopes.
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New Bishop in San Diego (United States)
March 3, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Aux. Bishop Robert McElroy of San Francisco to head the Diocese of San Diego. McElroy is 61.
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New bishop in San Andrés Tuxtla (Mexico)
March 2, 2015. The Pope has appointed Fidencio Lopez Plaza, a priest from the diocese of Querétaro, to be the new Bishop of San Andrés. 
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Appointments
February 27, 2015. Pope Francis has named Msgr. Charles Jude Scicluna as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Malta. Up until now, he had served as the Bishop of San Leone and as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Malta. 
Schedule
April 13, 2015 - Council of Cardinals Meeting
Rome, April 13th & 15th. Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinals will meet in the Vatican.
June 05, 2015 - Pope meets with Chilean president, Michelle Bachelette
June 5th, 2015. Pope meets with Chilean president, Michelle Bachelette.
June 05, 2015 - Pope's General Audience at St. Peter's Square
February 11, 2015. Pope's General Audience at St. Peter's Square
June 06, 2015 - Pope Francis will visit Sarajevo
Pope Francis will visit Sarajevo
June 06, 2015 - Pope's General Audience at St. Peter's Square
February 18, 2015. Pope's General Audience at St. Peter's Square
 
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Pope to meet with President Obama on September 23rd
March 26, 2015. The visit will take place in the White House.
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Thirty Five years later: Mass celebrated to honor life and legacy of Msgr. Oscar Romero
March 26, 2015. The Salvadorian martyr will be declared a Blessed on May 23rd.
Pope Francis at Santa Marta: It is sad to be a believer without joy
March 26, 2015. The Pope began a global prayer for peace to mar ...
Questions about Holy Week you were afraid to ask
March 26, 2015. A simple guide to one of the most important times of the year.
Pope Francis plans to see the Holy Shroud on June 21st and 22nd
March 25, 2015. The Shroud will be displayed from April 19th to Ju ...
Twenty years later...A look back at John Paul II's encyclical, Evangelium Vitae
March 25, 2015. In the encyclical, the late pontif ...
Pope on Synod of the Family: We need prayers, not gossip
March 25, 2015. The Vatican is preparing for the second phase of the Synod ...
Pope Francis asks people to prayer for the Synod of the Family
March 25, 2015. "We need prayers, not gossip," he said during his week ...
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