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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
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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
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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.

New years brings Diocese of Orange one step closer to opening the Christ Cathedral

2014-01-03

As California's Diocese of Orange ushers in the new year, its congregation is hoping to reach another milestone. By year's end, they're two thirds of the way into their capital campaign to restore the majestic Christ Cathedral.

Renovation work is already well under way, as the diocese continues to make it their new, permanent home. Even if it's not yet fully renovated, it's become a source of unity.

BISHOP KEVIN VANN
Diocese of Orange (USA)
"The Cathedral is a gathering place for everybody to come and find God. For the poor to be helped. For music and theater to point to God, and for people to reconnect with their faith and connect with their faith.”

In 2013, the growing diocese moved in to the sprawling campus. Besides the imposing glass structure, it includes an auditorium, ample office and meeting space, and an arboretum.

The diocese academy, offices and a nearby parishes have already transferred. But there's still work to do. The main thing is adapting the Cathedral for proper Catholic worship. 

BISHOP KEVIN VANN
Diocese of Orange (USA)
"We're respecting the exterior and its history. So were in the process of studying, drawing, consulting and coming up with some initial concepts that will be refined then.”

The bishop hopes all work is done by 2016. That way, the dedication will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the diocese itself. 

In those four decades, the congregation has skyrocketed to nearly 1.4 million people today. With the diocese focuses on the New Evangelization, the number is expected to climb. 

BISHOP KEVIN VANN
Diocese of Orange (USA)
"I think it's important when here at St. Peter Square to see the efforts made here over centuries: how to give glory to God, in union with the Apostle Peter, the Vicar of Christ. So we're beginning a great work that, long after we're gone, will still give glory to God as well in Garden Grove.”

With enough space to continue growing, the focus now is on the capital campaign. With an eventful year behind them, the new year will surely bring even more excitement to the diocese and the people.


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