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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. 
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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. 
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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.”

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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).

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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. 
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New bishop in Mozambique
March 30, 2015. The Pope has appointed Alberto Vera Aréjula, a Spanish missionary, to be Auxiliary Bishop of Xai-Xai in Mozambique.
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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.

Pope Francis is the newest draw at Rome's Wax Museum

2013-12-22

Pope Francis has been immortalized on canvass, on mosaics, and as of a few days ago, on wax.

The Wax Figures Museum in Rome now features this statue of Pope Francis so that everyone who visits can get up close to the Pope. That's why his face and hands were created using a more life-like substance, silicone.

FERNANDO CANINI
Director, Rome Wax Museum
"We wanted to bring down the barriers the older museum placed on people. So here, visitors can interact with the statue, which just like Pope Francis, is also very popular. The people love the Pope and a wax figure would have been far too delicate.”

It's unusual for public figures that have been around for nine months to earn their place at this museum. But then again, the popularity Pope Francis enjoys is anything but usual.

FERNANDO CANINI
Director, Rome Wax Museum
"We can clearly see their response every Sunday and Wednesday at St. Peter's Square. We make statues of beloved public figures. I think that this year there is no other person in the world as beloved as Pope Francis.”

Eight people worked for over three months on the statue. They included the sculptor, a special effects artist and a tailor.

And while some people still find it strange having two Popes at the Vatican. It doesn't hold a candle to this museum. Inside one room alone, visitors will find four of them: Paul VI, John XXIII, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. John Paul I and John Paul II stand indie a display case overlooking all of the museum's inhabitants.


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