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Meet one of the new Swiss Guards!
May 5, 2015. Zuffrey Cyrille is one of 32 new recruits that will take their official oath on May 6th in the Vatican.
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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).

Decree for the Causes of Saints

2014-01-27

January 27, 2014. Pope Francis signed the decree recognizing the martyrdom of Servant of God Pedro Asúa Mendía, killed in hatred of the faith in Spain in 1936. He also recognized the heroic virtues of: Italian Servant of God Giuseppe Girelli, a diocesan priest who died in Verona in 1978; Spaniard Servant of God Zacarías Salteráin, a Barefoot Carmelite who died in India in 1957; Marcella Mallet, founder of the Sisters of Charity of Quebed, and died in 1871; Servant of God María Benedicta Arias, founder of the Servant Sisters of 'Jesus Sacramentado,' who died in Argentina in 1894; Servant of God Margaret of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Founder of the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus, who died in Malta in 1952: Servant of God Serafina of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ, who died in Brazil in 1988; and Servant of God Elisabetta Sanna, member of the Third Order of St. Francis, who died in Rome in 1857.