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Tommaso Ruzzi, new Director of the Vatican's Financial Intelligence Authority
January 21, 2015. Tommaso di Ruzza was appointed as Director of the Vatican's Financial Intelligence Authority, an organism that oversees all economic transactions  of the Holy See. Up until now, Ruzza had worked there as Deputy Director.

Pope Francis also appointed Daniel E. Garcia as new Auxiliary Bishop of Austin (U.S.).

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Members appointed to Vatican committee to study appeals of condemned priests
January 21, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed seven members and two substitutes to the College for the Study of Appeal to Ordinary Session of the Vatican's  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 

They are:

President. Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, Bishop of San Leone, and Auxiliary of Malta.


Members:

- Card. Zenon Grocholewski 
- Card. Attilio Nicora 
- Card. Francesco Coccopalmerio 
- Card. Giuseppe Versaldi 
- Msgr. José Luis Mollaghan, Archbishop emeritus of Rosario (Argentina)
- Mons. Juan Ignacio Arrieta 

Substitutes:

- Card. Julián Herranz
- Msgr. Giorgio Corbellini
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Papal Appointments
January 20, 2015. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Germán Trajano Pavón Puente and nominated Fr. Jorge Giovanni Pazmiño Abril as new Bishop of Amato (Ecuador). Msgr. Mario Bedini also resigned today as Archbishop of Isfahan (Iran) and Pope Francis appointed Fr. Jack Youssef as Apostolic Administrator "sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis" of the same Archdiocese.
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Pope Francis creates Eritrean Metropolitan Church sui iuris
January 19, 2015. Pope Francis created a new Eritrean Metropolitan Church "sui iuris", and appointed Msgr. Menghesteab Tesfamariam as the first  Metropolitan Archbishop of Asmara. He will oversee the eparchies of Barentu, Keren and Segheneity.
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Secretary of Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace becomes Bishop of Faenza-Modigliana
January 19, 2015. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Mario Toso as the new bishop of Faenza-Modigliana (Italy). Since October 29, 2009, Msgr. Toso had worked as the Secretary of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The Vatican hasn't revealed yet who will replace him at the Pontifical Council.
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Appointments
January 16, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Jose Maria Baliña as the new auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Up until now, the 56 year old served as a parish priest in the San Isdiro Labrador church. In Mexico, he has also named Nicholas James Samra, as the apostolic administrator ‘sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis dell’Eparchia’ of the Nuestra Señora del Paraiso of the Greek-Maronites of Mexico.
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Appointments
January 15, 2015. The Pope has approved the appointment of Rev. Basel Yaldo as auxiliary of the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans. He is currently serving as the priest in the St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Michigan, USA. Also, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona has been appointed as the new Bishop of the Chaldean eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Sydney, Australia. In addition, Chorbishop Emmanuel Challita has been appointed as the Bishop of the Chaldean eparchy of Mar Addai in Toronto, Canada. 

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New bishop of Grand Island (US)
January 14, 2015. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. William J. Dendinger and appointed Msgr. Joseph G. Hanefeldt as new Bishop of Grand Island (US).
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The Vatican has new Permanent Observer to UN's headquarters in Vienna
January 12, 2015. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Janusz Urbańczyk as the Vatican's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. From now on, Msgr. Urbańczyk will also be the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the UN's headquarters in Vienna.

Also, Pope Francis nominated Father Fernand J. Cheri as new Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans.
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Joel Mercier, new Secretary of Congregation for the Clergy
January 8, 2015. Pope Francis nominated Joël Mercier as the new Secretary for the Congregation for the Clergy. Up until now, he worked at the Vatican Congregation for Bishops.
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December 31, 2014. Pope Francis has nominated Rev. Marcelino Antonio Moralit, a priest in the Archdiocese of Lipa, as the new Bishop of Boac in the Philippines. Moralit has also served as pastor of Alitatag, Batangas. He was born on May 18th 1969 in Manila. He was ordained a priest in March 1995.
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Pope Francis sends message for 2015 World Day of the Sick
Pope Francis has issued a powerful message for the World Day of the Sick, which takes place on February 11th. 

The Pope thanked those who care for the sick, adding that time spent with the ill, is sacred. He also calls for Catholics to embrace wisdom of the heart. 

"Occasionally our world forgets the special value of time spent at the bedside of the sick, since we are in such a rush; caught up as we are in a frenzy of doing, of producing, we forget about giving ourselves freely, taking care of others, being responsible for others,” writes the Pope. 





Papal initiative brings education, sports and solidarity...and also soccer stars like Messi

2014-01-28

According to the latest figures from the United Nations, there are 61 million children without access to education, and about 250 million who are not learning even basic knowledge.

With such alarming numbers, Pope Francis took action by supporting a project known as Scholas Occurrentes. It's made up of a worldwide network of schools that share knowledge online, including tools to facilitate teaching.

JOSÉ MARÍA DEL CORRAL
Co-Director, Scholas Occurrentes
"When we talk about politics or governments, it takes too much time to change laws. But children can't wait. That's why this network is a call to immediate action.”

The project leader is José María del Corral, one of three personal guests the Pope invited to his inaugural Mass. The professor worked with the now Pope in Buenos Aires, alongside Enrique Palmeyro, who also serves as co-director. Back in Argentina, then-Cardinal Bergoglio tasked Palmeyro with reaching out to people who made a living out to recycling trash. Part of that goal was to improve a network for schools in the city, which gave way to this international project. 

ENRIQUE PALMEYRO
Director, Scholas Occurrentes
"The Pope is constantly giving us his support, and yes, the truth is that his calls and emails come pretty frequently.”

The worldwide initiative continues to grow. When it was launched at the Vatican back in August, two star soccer players like Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon, gave their support. 

ENRIQUE PALMEYRO
Director, Scholas Occurrentes
"The Pope told us: 'bring together schools, popular sports and solidarity.' Combined with these values, and with these athletes that kids look up to, we can promote good values and education.”

But Scholas Occurrentes isn't just about children. Adults are joining in to do their part. Now the program has prepared a special gift for the Pope's one year anniversary as Pontiff in March.

ENRIQUE PALMEYRO
Director, Scholas Occurrentes
"One of the most beloved Italian athletes, Pupi Zanetti, came to us. He's a Christian player and he  came with Dudu Aoutate, who is Jewish. He presented himself and said: 'I'm the captain of the Israeli team.' They also invited a Muslim player. So, their gift to the Pope will be the first inter-religious match for peace.”

So the gift will be a way to combine sports with real life solidarity and achievement. All under the umbrella of an educational project, followed closely by Pope Francis. 


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