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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.”

Read the full text here.
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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... also a manga 'superhero'?

2014-01-10

We thought we had seen all: first a portrait of Pope Francis that could only be seen from above, and then a wax statue that has been visited by tourists from all over the world. But now there's a manga comic book, starring none other than Pope Francis.

Titled 'Pope Francis. I Believe in Mercy,' it's based on the life of Jorge Bergoglio, from his background to his preaching style. Manga artist Sean Lam made the illustrations based on the writings of American author Regina Doman.

REGINA DOMAN
Author of 'Pope Francis. I believe in Mercy'
"I was asked to write the comic the same week that he was elected. And so I was alone out there, with all the others journalists, you know, trying to find out about this man, Jorge Bergoglio, who had been elected to the Chair of St. Peter. And I found absolutely fascinating that he is our first Pope from the Americas, from Latinamerica.”

The comic book starts when young Jorge Bergoglio discovers his vocation in Buenos Aires, and goes all the way to the day of his election as Pope and his first words as Pontiff from the balcony St. Peter's.

REGINA DOMAN
Author of 'Pope Francis. I believe in Mercy'
"Although Pope Francis just to many people would look like an ordinary man, I think that his short time in the Papacy has shown us that he truly is a superhero. First of all, he is not afraid, he is not afraid of people, no matter how ugly they may seem to other people”.

It is not the first time Regina Doman and Sean Lam join forces to illustrate the life of a Pope: they have also produced a story on Benedict XVI called 'Habemus Papam!'


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