March 7, 2014. Francis met at 10:30 with the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Olav Fykse Tveit. At 11:00 he will have an audience with the Apostolic Nuncio to Panamá, Msgr. Andrés Carrascosa Coso. At 11:15 he will meet with Melkite Greek Archbishop Msgr. Jean-Abdo Arbach (Syria) and at 11:30 he will receive another delegation of Spanish bishops.
March 6, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Werner Franz Siebenbrock, and appointed Msgr. Antônio Carlos Félix, as the bishop of the diocese of Governador Valadares (Brazil). He also named Msgr. André Marceau as the new bishop of diocese of Nice (France).
March 6, 2014. Pope Francis met on Thursday morning with Card. Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. After, he held an audience with Roman priests at the Paul VI Hall.
March 5, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Ernesto Giobando as the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Buenos Aires (Argentina).
March 5, 2014. 10.00 General Audience. 16.30 Basilica of San Anselmo. Statio and penitential procession. 17.00 Basilica of Santa Sabina. Mass and imposition of ashes.
March 4, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Spanish Card. Santos Abril y Castelló as the president of the commission of cardinals that oversees the IOR, or Vatican bank. He also named Msgr. Peter Leslie Smith as the new auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese of Portland (USA).
Manos Unidas NGO: What can each person do to end hunger?
March 4, 2014. This year's campaign focuses on the eight Millennium Development Goal from the UN.
March 3, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Alfred Xuereb as Prelate General Secretary of the Vatican Secretariat for Economy.
March 3, 2014. Pope Francis started the day meeting with Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Afterwards, he will meet with a large group of Spanish bishops, who are in the Vatican for their "ad Limina Apostolorum" visit. Among them, Pope Francis will meet with Msgr. Jesús Sanz Montes, archbishop of Oviedo, along with the auxiliary bishop Msrg. Juan Antonio Menéndez Fernández; also with Msgr. Camilo Lorenzo Iglesias, bishop of Astorga; with Msrg. Julián López Martín, bishop of León; with Msrg. Vicente Jiménez Zamora, bishop of Santander; with Msrg. Julián Barrio Barrio, archbishop of Santiago de Compostela; with Msrg. Alfonso Carrasco Rouco, bishop of Lugo; with Msrg. Manuel Sánchez Monge, bishop of Mondoñedo-Ferrol; with Msrg. José Leonardo Lemos Montanet, bishop of Orense y with Msrg. Luis Quinteiro Fiuza, bishop of Tui-Vigo. At 12 the Pope will gather with all Spanish bishops in the New Consistory Hall and then will receive the participants of the Italian Federation for Spiritual Excercises (FIES).
Pope cancels seminary visit due to fever
February 28, 2014. Pope Francis cancelled his visit to the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary, scheduled for Friday evening, the Vatican spokesperson said. Fr. Federico Lombardi explained that the Pope had a "slight fever," and the doctor recommended that he cancel the visit and get some rest instead.
February 28, 2014. On Friday morning, Pope Francis will meet with Spanish bishops on their "ad limina" visit, led by Card. Antonio María Rouco Varela, archbishop of Madrid. The Pope will also meet with the members of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. On Friday evening, he will travel to the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary to meet with seminarians.
February 26, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msrg. José Carlos de Souza Campos Bishop of the diocese of Divinópolis (Brazil).
Legionaries of Christ end Chapter General
February 25, 2014. The Extraordinary Chapter General for the Legionaries of Christ ended after nearly two months. Card. Velasio de Paolis closed the gathering with a Mass alongside the new leadership and members. The participants elected Mexican Eduardo Roble Gil as the new director general. They also drafted new constitutions. The congragation will shortly publish their conclusions and their plan for the next six years. Once approved by the Holy See, they will also publish their new constitutional texts.
February 25, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Zdzisław Fortuniak as the auxiliary bishop of Poznań (Poland). He also appointed Msgr. Donal McKeown as the new bishop of the Diocese of Derry (Ireland).
February 24, 2014. Pope Francis created the Secretariat for the Economy, a new departament that will supervise the Vatican finances. It will be leaded by Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney and also member of the so-called G8 Council of Cardinals. This Secretariat will also have 15 counsellors, 8 of them prelates and 7 lay people.
February 24, 2014. On Monday morning, Pope Francis met with Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly. After, he welcomed Spanish bishops on their 'ad limina' visit: Msgr. Francisco Gil Hellín, archbishop of Burgos; Msgr. Mario Iceta Gavigagogeascoa, bishop of Bilbao; Msgr. Gerardo Melgar Viciosa, bishop of Osma-Soria; Msgr. Esteban Escudero Torres, bishop of Palencia; Msgr. Miguel José Asurmendi Aramedia, bishop of Viroria; Msgr. Francisco Pérez González, archbishop of Pamplona; Msgr. Juan José Omella Omella, bishop of Calahorra y la Calzada-Logroño; Msgr. Julián Ruiz Martorell, bishop of Jaca; and Msgr. José Ignacio Munilla Aguirre, bishop of San Sebastián.
February 21, 2014. On Friday, Pope Francis will spend most of the day with the College of Cardinals, for the Extraordinary Consistory to discuss the state of the family. The two sessions are from 9:30-12:30PM and from 4:30-7PM. Half an hour after the last session, at 7:30PM, the Pope will welcome Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff at his studio in Paul VI Hall.
February 17, 2014. During this week, Pope Francis will meet with the Council of Cardinals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, after the General Audience. On Thursday and Friday, he will meet with all of the cardinals for an Extraordinary Consitory. The sessions will take place at the New Synod Hall, from 9:30-12:30PM, and from 4:30-7PM. On Saturday morning, the Pope will lead the ceremony for the creation of 19 new cardinals; while on Sunday, he will celebrate Mass with them.
February 14, 2014. Pope Francis received today the visit 'ad limina' of the Czech Bishops' Conference. He then met with Moysès Louro de Azevedo Fliho, founder of the Catholic community of Shalom, in Brasil. Finally, the Pope met thousands of couples that are preparing for marriage in St. Peter's Square.
Pope Francis accepted February's resignations and appointed new Bishops.
February 12, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Elias James Manning, and appointed Msgr. Nelson Francelino Ferreira as the new bishop of the Diocese of Valença (Brazil). The Pope also named Fr. Antônio Carlos Cruz Santos as the bishop of the Diocese of Caicó (Brazil).
February 10, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Emilio Patriarca, and appointed Moses Hamungole as the new bishop of the Diocese of Monze (Zambia). The Pope also accepted the resignation of Msgr. Mariano Anastasio Moreno García, and named Fr. José Demetrio Jiménez Sánchez-Mariscal as the new bishop of the Territorial Prelature of Cafayate (Argentina).
February 10, 2014. Pope Francis met on Monday morning with: Card. Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; Card. Agostino Vallini, Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome; and Card. Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Pope also met with Msgr, Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin.
Full list of new cardinals named by Pope Francis:
Vatican Secretary of State
Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
Gerhard Ludwig Mueller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
Archbishop of Westminster, United Kingdom
Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano
Archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua
Gerald Cyprien Lacroix
Archbishop of Quebec, Canada
Archbishop of Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Orani Joao Tempesta
Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Archbishop of Perugia, Italy
Mario Aurelio Poli
Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Andrew Yeom Soo jung
Archbishop of Seoul, South Korea
Ricardo Ezzati Andrello
Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, Chile
Philippe Nakellentuba Ouedraogo
Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Orlando B. Quevedo
Archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines
Bishop of Les Cayes, Haiti
Over 80 years old:
Loris Francesco Capovilla
Former Pope John XXIII personal secretary
Fernando Sebastian Aguilar
Archbishop emeritus of Pamplona (Spain)
Kelvin Edward Felix
Archbishop emeritus of Castries (Dominica)