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).
During his address to ambassadors to the Vatican, Pope Francis laid out the issues he wants to highlight on an international scale. The first is the family, but he also took time to speak out against unemployment, hunger, and the throw away culture, where he specifically cited abortion.
"It is frightful to simply think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; and children being bought and sold in that terrible form of modern slavery which is human trafficking, a true crime against humanity.”
The Pope said he's also concerned about divided families, and the tough living conditions many of them are forced to live in, without the means to improve their conditions.
Pope Francis then highlighted the life and death situations many refugees escape from, particularly those who migrate to North and South America, and also people from Africa and the Middle East who seek refuge in Europe.
"Unfortunately, there is a general indifference in the face of these tragedies, which is a dramatic sign that marks the loss of a 'sense of responsibility for our brothers and sisters,' on which every civil society is based.”
The Pope called for governments to take courageous decisions that lead to peace and dialogue, especially when it comes to armed conflicts like the ones taking place in the Middle East and Africa. He also called for peace between South and North Korea, and the possibility for Christians to worship freely in Africa and Asia. He also called for the respect and protection of the environment, citing a popular argument in the process.
"God forgives always, we forgive sometimes, but nature, Creation, never forgives when it's abused.”
The Holy See has official diplomatic ties with 180 countries, among the most recent is South Sudan. It doesn't have any ties with Saudi Arabia, China or North Korea, but still it reaches out to them through international governing bodies like the United Nations.