Pope on Haiti
November 25, 2014. Five years have passed since the deadly earthquake devastated the island of Haiti. In light of this anniversary, Pope Francis has called for a Vatican meeting to take place. The goal is for the Church to look into what can be done to help out victims and the country as it tries to re-build itself.
Cardinal Robert Sarah, new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
November 24, 2014. Pope Francis has named Cardinal Robert Sarah as new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Up until recently, he served as the President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
Sarah, 69, a native of Conakry, Guinea, also held a prominent role in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
He is taking over the post previously held by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, who was recently named Archbishop of Valencia, Spain.
Synod on the Family 2015
November 21, 2014. The following Cardinals will be delegate presidents during the second part of the Synod on the Family, from October 4th to the 24th, 2015. The Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois. From the Philippines, Luis Antonio Tagle. From Aparecida Brazil, Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis. From Durban, South Africa, Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier.
The Relator General will be Cardinal Peter Erdo, who serves as the Archbishop of Budapest. The Secretary General, will be Italian Msgr, Bruno Forte.
New Bishop in Broken Bay (Australia)
November 20, 2014. Pope Francis has appointed Peter Andrew Comensoli as the New Bishop of Broken Bay, Australia. Up until now, he served as the auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
New Bishop for Linares, Mexico
November 19, 2014. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. Ramon Calderon Batres, Bishop of Linares (Mexico). His successor will be Hilario Gonzalez Garcia, current rector of the Major Seminary of Monterrey.
New Bishops in Mexico and Argentina
November 17, 2014. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Bishop Miguel Romano Gómez, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara (Mexico). He also accepted the resignation of the bishop of Apatzingán (Mexico), Bishop Miguel Patiño Velázquez, who will be succeeded by Cristóbal Ascencio García.
In Argentina, the Pope has named Bishop Juan Carlos Ares as auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires and has also named Bishop Martín Fassi as auxiliary bishop of San Isidro (Argentina).
Possible visit by Pope Francis to Paraguay announced
November 12, 2014. The bishops of Paraguay have announced a possible visit by Pope Francis to their country at the end of 2015 or during 2016. As of now, the Vatican has not confirmed the visit.
Pope Francis creates group to accelerate the resolution of appeals of those accused of abuse
November 11, 2014. Seven cardinals and bishops will take charge of all appeals lodged by priests condemned in their dioceses for abuses and crimes against the Sacraments and the Faith.
The Vatican explained the Pope took this decision "due to the number of appeals and the need to guarantee that they are resolved quickly.”
This "special college” will fall under the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This Congregation will continue to supervise any appeal presented by a bishop and all cases forwarded by this new college.
As for now, the name of only one of the seven members was revealed. It is Archbishop Jose Luis Mollaghan, the former Archbishop of Rosario (Argentina).
Pope prays for victims of Spain's bus crash
November 10, 2014. In light of the deadly bus accident that killed 14 people and left at least 38 injured in the Spanish city of Cieza, Pope Francis sent his condolences to those affected by the tragedy. Among the victims was a young parish priest from Bullas, Rev. Miguel Conesa Andujar. The passengers, who were on a religious excursion, were heading back to Madrid.
Pope Names New Bishop for Digne (France)
November 7th, 2014. Bishop François-Xavier Loizeau, until now served as the Bishop of Digne (France) presented this morning his resignation to the Pope. The Holy Father has named Fr. Jean-Philippe Nault as his successor. The Holy Father also appointed two new auxiliary bishops for the diocese of Melbourne (Australia): Msgr. Terence Robert Curtin and Fr. Mark S. Edwards.
Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
November 5, 2014.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis met with the president of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto. Her grandson, Ignacio Guido Montoya Carlotto, also attended the meeting. He was reunited with his family in August, after a 36 year search. The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo is an Argentinian group of women, who for years have protested the disappearance of family members during Argentina’s dictatorship.
Pope Francis on Resignation Rules
November 5, 2014. Pope Francis has confirmed that the age in which Bishops are required to retire, will continue to be 75 years of age. The debate came to light after some Bishops proposed the age be moved up to 78. The Vatican’s Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin released the text with the new rules, on Wednesday morning. It includes seven points.
November 4th, 2014. Pope Francis has nominated Msgr. Peter Forsyth Christensen as the new Bishop of Boise City. Christopher Kakooza has been nominated as the Bishop of Lugazi, Uganda. Msgr. Carlos Enrique Trinidad Gomez has been appointed as the new Bishop of San Marcos, Guatemala, while Msgr. Adolfo Armando Uriona has been nominated as the new Bishop of Villa de la Concepcion del Rio Cuatro in Argentina.
New Archbishop for Yaoundé, Cameroon
October 31, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Mons. Jean Mbarga as new Archbishop of Yaoundé (Cameroon).
In 1525, at the age of 25, Camillus de Lellis stepped foot inside the Santo Spirito Hospital in Rome. It changed his life completely. He had recently converted from a mercenary soldier, to a man devoted to God.
He was seeking treatment for a festering leg wound. Inside the hospital, he noticed just how bad the sick were cared for. Over the course of the next forty years, he founded the Order of the Regular Clerics Ministers of the Sick. In July 14, 2014, the Order will mark the 400th anniversary of his death.
Organizer, Fourth Centennial Celebrations
"When in a family, a person is sick, all the family revolved around that person. That same thing should be true about the Church. The whole Church should revolve around the sick, our most fragile brothers.”
Over the course of 400 years, their message hasn't changed, but their work has. Today, the Order, commonly known as Camillians, works in over 40 different countries, according to the needs of each area.
The 2800 men and women of the Order spend their lives looking after the most marginalized people in society. And just like St. Camillus, even at the risk of their own lives.
Organizer, Fourth Centennial Celebrations
"We can say that this is the pearl of the Camillian spirituality and charism. There's this complete devotion, even leading up to a person's own life. This a trait that's gone unchanged in over four centuries.”
Coincidentally, Pope Francis will usher the Order into their fifth century of work. In his first few months, he's made clear his devotion and commitment to the sick. His words about caring for the most marginalized people in society ring true for Camillians, more than anyone else.
Organizer, Fourth Centennial Celebrations
"It's said that Pope Francis dresses like a Dominican, has the name of a Franciscan, governs like a Jesuit, but talks like Camillians. So there's this fusion of souls, of spirituality, all condensed into one person.”
With the anniversary approaching, the Order has organized a series of events. For the last one, they invited the Pope to join them in Eucharistic Adoration on July 14.
The celebration will take place at their main headquarters, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. It's the same place St. Camillus himself lived in Rome, and where he eventually died, after a lifetime of devotion to the people most in need.
The Fourth Centennial celebrations are a bright spot after a troubled time for the Order. Its superior general was arrested in November, accused of kidnapping two fellow members, in order to secure his reelection. The Vatican will oversee the Order until a new leader can be elected at the next general chapter.