New bishop in Texas
April 23, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. David Eugene Fellhauer, Bishop of Victoria in Texas (United States). In his place, he has appointed the Rev. Brendan Cahill.
April 22, 2015. The Pope has named Eduardo Pinheiro da Silva, S.D.B. as Bishop of Jaboticabal (Brazil). Until now, he was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Campo Grande.
The Vatican also announced that on April 21 the Pope appointed Joseph F. Naumann to be Apostolic Administrator "sede vacante" of the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph (United States). Until a new bishop is appointed, Naumann will oversee the diocese. He is currently the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas.
Kansas Bishop Robert Finn resigns years after conviction
April 21, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of American Bishop, Robert W. Finn. In 2012 the Kansas Bishop was convicting of not reporting a diocesan priest to police. The priest had a series of pornographic material in his computer.
He is the first American Bishop to resign for not acting swiftly in dealing with cases of sexual abuse.
Papal Trip to Cuba?
April 17, 2015. The Vatican's spokesperson has announced that Pope Francis is considering a trip to Cuba. If the visit takes place it would be before or after his trip to the U.S in September. The process however, is still in its beginning phases, so no official decision has been made.
Dates of papal trip to Latin America released
April 16, 2015. The Vatican has announced the dates of Pope's upcoming trip to Latin America. He will visit Ecuador from July 6 to 8. After, he will be in Bolivia from July 8 to 10. He will then go to Paraguay until July 12.
Pope's Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations
April 14, 2015. In his message for the event, which will be held on April 26, Pope Francis considers the meaning of "vocation.” He writes that it means to respond to God's call. That is, "allowing him to help us leave ourselves and our false security behind” so that we can find Jesus Christ, "the origin and destiny of our life and our happiness.”
The title of the message is: "Exodus, a fundamental experience of vocation.”
Read the full text here.
New vicar apostolic in Venezuela and bishop in India
April 7, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Ernesto José Romero Rivas, O.F.M. to be Vicar Apostolic of Tucupita (Venezuela). The Pope has also appointed Vincent Aind to be Bishop of Bagdogra (India).
New Prefect in the Congregation for Catholic Education
March 31, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, as the new Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He also also appointed Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki as a member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.
Traditionally Popes don't usually give out interviews. But Jesuit priest, Antonio Spadaro broke that mold, when he interviewed Pope Francis for Civiltà Cattolica and other Jesuit publications.
It was the first interview Pope Francis agreed to and it made waves across the globe. It laid out some of his priorities like evangelization and reforms in the governance of the Church. Now Spadaro is sharing what that conversation was like.
FR. ANTONIO SPADARO
Director, Civilttà Cattolica
"The Pope is calm, but he's also like a volcano. When Pope Francis speaks, he doesn't follow a linear conversation, instead it goes up and down. So he first throws out something to test you, then he does that again and again. So for the final product to make sense you have to tie it all together and lay out the entire conversation. This interview could not follow a simple question and answer format."
That conversation is now part of a book, titled 'My Door is Always Open.' The publication is an extension of that breakthrough interview, including some background and comments to help readers understand the context and setting of the interview.
CARD. OSCAR A. RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA
Council of Cardinals
"The title of the book, already says so much about the Pope's attitude. With John Paul II his main phrase was: Don't be afraid. Then with Benedict XVI it was: Open Wide the doors to Christ. Now with Pope Francis it's, My Door is Always Open.”
FR. ANTONIO SPADARO
Director, Civilitta Cattolica
"Once I wrote and published the interview, I noticed that there was still much more to be said. There was a need to share things that I hesitated to publish, because it was difficult to explain.”
The interview was carried out in three afternoons back in August. It was around the same time when the Pope was preparing his apostolic exhortation.
It was the Pope's first interview, so it made sense that the Pope's new team was at the book launching, including his advisory group, the Pope's secretary Fabian Padacchio and the Vatican's Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.