April 18, 2015. Pope Francis will preside the ceremony of the Lord's Passion at 17.00. At 21.15, he will take part in the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum.
April 17, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Fr. José Augusto Traquina Maria as an auxiliary bishop for the Patriarchate of Lisbon (Portugal). He also named Fr. José Trinidad Fernández Angulo as an auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese of Caracas (Venezuela), and Fr. Francisco José Villas-Boas Senra de Faria Coelho as the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Braga (Portugal).
Decree for Sainthood Causes
April 16, 2014. After meeting with Card. Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saint, Pope Francis promulgated a decree on several sainthood causes. He recognized the miracles attributed to: Italian friar Ludovico da Casoria; and Italian Tertiery Amato Ronconi. The Pope also recognized the heroic virtues of two Servants of God: French missionary priest Alano Maria Guynot de Boismenu, and Austrian priest Guglielmo Janauschek.
April 15, 2014. On Tuesday, Pope Francis met with Msgr. Charbel Georges Merhi, from the congreation of the Missionary Lebanese Maronites, and bishop emeritus of San Charbel in Buenos Aires. He also met with Msgr. Marcello Semeraro, bishop of Albano, and secreatry of the Council of Cardinals.
April 15, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Egidio Nkaijanabwo, and appointed Acquirino Francis Kibira as the new bishop of the dioecese of Kasese (Uganda). He also named Msgr. Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo as the bishop of the diocese of Abeokuta (Nigeria).
Pope send message, prayers to fire victims in Chile
April 14, 2014. Pope Francis sent out a telegram today to the Bishop of Valparaiso Chile, where he expresses his condolences for the victims killed in a wildfire.
April 14, 2014. Pope Francis will meet today with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Afterwards, he will receive Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of Rome's diocese. He will also have an audiencie at the Vatican's Clementine Hall with a delegation of the Pontifical College "Leoniano" of Anagni.
April 8, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Nicola De Angelis, and appointed Msgr. William Terrence McGrattan as the new bishop of the Diocese of Peterborough (Canada).
Pope to make two summer trips within Italy
April 7, 2014. In between his two international trips this year, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will visit two Italian cities during the summer. On June 21, he will travel to the diocese of Cassano all'Jonio in the region of Calabria. Then on July 5, the Pope will visit the diocese of Campobasso and Isernia in the Molise region.
April 7, 2014. On Monday morning, Pope Francis met with Card. Fernando Filoni, the prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Then, he welcomed Msgr. Francis Assissi Chullikatt, Permanent Observer to the United Nations and the Organization for American States. At 11AM, the Pope welcomed the remaining group of bishops from Tanzania, on their 'ad limina visit,' and addressed the entire group. Pope Francis met at 12:45 with the organizing committee for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. His last event was at 4PM; he welcomed King Abdullah from Jordania at Casa Santa Marta.
April 4, 2014. Pope Francis met with Msgr. Adolfo Tito Yllana, apostolic nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo, followed by Msgr. Erwin Kräutler, bishop of Xingu (Brazil), and the bishops from Tanzania on their 'ad limina' visit to the Vatican.
April 4, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Michel Aupetit as the new bishop of the diocese of Nanterre (France). He also named Fr. Pierre-Yves Michel as the bishop of Valence (France), as well as Fr. Stefan Oster as the bishop of Passau (Germany).
April 3, 2014. On Thursday morning, at 10:30AM Pope Francis met with José Maria Pereira Neves, the prime minister of Cape Verde. Half an hour later, he welcomed Card. Angelo Amato, prefect for the Congregation of the Causes of Saints. At 11:30, the Pope met and addressed with the bishops from Rwanda, on their 'ad limina' visit to Rome. Then on Thursday afternoon, at 3PM, he will meet with Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, at the papal office in Paul VI Hall.
Pope Francis kicked off his first full month as Pope by honoring one of his predecessors. On April 2, he prayed before the tomb of John Paul II at St. Peter's Basilica, on the anniversary of his death.
The Pope also prayed before the tombs of John XXIII and Pius X. Interestingly, next April, Pope Francis will canonize both John Paul II and John XXIII.
A week later and 26 days after his election, Pope Francis celebrated his Installation Mass as the Bishop of Rome. Thousands of people waited to see him outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the official see for the Diocese of Rome.
During the homily, the Pope started talking about one of the main topics of his pontificate: mercy.
POPE FRANCIS (April 8)
"In my personal life, I've seen the merciful face of God and His patience so many times. I've also seen many people who courageously go to Jesus' wounds and say: 'Lord, here I am. Accept my poverty. Cover my sins with your wounds, clean them with your blood.' I've seen how God welcome them, consoles them, cleans them and loves them.”
After the Mass, he opened the papal rooms at the Basilica, which had been closed since Benedict XVI stepped down.
Over the next few weeks, the world would begin to discover the Pope's unique personality. The passionate soccer fan greeted his favorite soccer team after a general audience.
"...And to the group form the Athletic Club of San Lorenzo of Almagro, from Buenos Aires. That is very important.”
The next day, he traded his papal hat with an American couple after speaking to the Papal Foundation.
Halfway through the month, Pope Francis took the time to greet Benedict XVI on his special day. He called him at Castel Gandolfo and celebrated Mass in his honor.
POPE FRANCIS (April 16)
"Today is the birthday of Benedict XVI. We offer this Mass in prayer for him, so that the Lord can be with him, comfort him and console him.”
Benedict XVI turned 86. It was his first birthday as Pope emeritus.
Another highlight from this month that showed off the Pope's personality was this tight embrace with Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, at the Vatican.
But it wasn't his only audience with world leaders. He also met with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as well as the executives from Mozambique, Spain, Madagascar, Italy and Israel.
In fact, it was the latter, President Shimon Peres, that invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land in 2014.
"I am waiting for you in Jerusalem, and not just me, but all the people from Israel.”
It was the first of several invitations Pope Francis would receive from political and religious leaders in the region. As the 2013 comes to an end, the possibility he'll take up that invitation is looking more likely.