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New bishop in Texas
April 23, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. David Eugene Fellhauer, Bishop of Victoria in Texas (United States). In his place, he has appointed the Rev. Brendan Cahill. 
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Appointments
April 22, 2015. The Pope has named Eduardo Pinheiro da Silva, S.D.B. as Bishop of Jaboticabal (Brazil). Until now, he was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Campo Grande.

The Vatican also announced that on April 21 the Pope appointed Joseph F. Naumann to be Apostolic Administrator "sede vacante" of the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph (United States). Until a new bishop is appointed, Naumann will oversee the diocese. He is currently the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas.
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Kansas Bishop Robert Finn resigns years after conviction
April 21, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of American Bishop, Robert W. Finn. In 2012 the Kansas Bishop was convicting of not reporting a diocesan priest to police. The priest had a series of pornographic material in his computer. 

He is the first American Bishop to resign for not acting swiftly in dealing with cases of sexual abuse. 

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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.

Why the Pope Leads the Way He Leads: The analysis of a former Jesuit Seminarian

2014-01-18

In less than a year the Pope's unique style has surprised people from all walks of life. But there's one group in particular, who hasn't been all that surprised: The Jesuits

CHRIS LOWNEY 
Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"Just like Dominicans, Franciscans, the U.S. Army, every group has its way of doing things, of approaching work, or approaching life and certainly the Jesuits do.”

Chris Lowney understands this mentality quite well and he expands on it, in his book 'Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads.' He was a Jesuit seminarian for six years, so when the Pope talks about going out beyond one's comfort zone, he knows exactly where he's coming from. 

CHRIS LOWNEY 
Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"Frontier spirit doesn't mean let's go to some country where people haven't gone before. Now the frontier is maybe your own family or maybe one mile away.” 

Then there's the Pope's practical wisdom, which Lowney says is inspired by St. Ignatius. His spiritual exercises can also be seen a decision making guide that trigger self reflection. 

CHRIS LOWNEY 
Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"Is this me at my best self? Would I prefer to be modeling different values? So some deep sense of self awareness and sense of self.”

A lot has been said about the Pope's freedom. From improvising his speeches and giving interviews to not living where Popes have traditionally lived. Lowney says this comes from the Jesuit motto of doing things for 'God's Greater Glory' meaning detaching yourself from inner restraints. 

CHRIS LOWNEY 
Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads
"But because I'm attached to my own fears of making a mistake or looking foolish, I'm not free enough to do what I should be doing, ok.”

Though this mentality comes from the values of the Catholic Church,  Lowney says it's distinctly Jesuit. With this message, in less than a year, the first Jesuit Pope has managed to make waves across the globe. 


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