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

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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
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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.

Egypt officially restores full ties with the Vatican, with arrival of new ambassador

2014-02-07

It was a homecoming for sorts for Egypt's new ambassador to the Holy See, and it left her speechless.

"The honor is mine. I don't know what to say. There are many feelings in my heart.”

Wafaa Bassim presented her credentials to Pope Francis on Thursday. She previously worked for Egypt's mission to Italy. But this time around she has a bigger responsibility. Bassim's arrival signals a renewal of relations, after Egypt withdrew its ambassador back in 2011.

WAFAA BASSIM
Egyptian Ambassador to the Holy See
"There is a general feeling of satisfaction and of optimism for the future since now there is a new ambassador in the Vatican, after almost two years of a non presence here. But that was due to different things and the main element was the great changes that Egypt was watching.”

Bassim's appointment comes at a fragile time, following major unrest in Egypt. Christians in the country suffered greatly, as did many other Egyptians.

The Egyptian ambassador said one of her main goals will be to push for dialogue and cooperation with the Vatican, to look out after all Egyptians. But also to clear up any stereotypes and misunderstandings.

WAFAA BASSIM
Egyptian Ambassador to the Holy See
"It's our role to explain, to clarify, to answer questions, to provide reliable information, credible information and accurate information about what's happening in Egypt; about the new constitution, how it is treating the different factions of the society.”

After presenting her credentials to Pope Francis, Bassim said the two spoke about the Pope's commitment to issues of mutual interest, especially economic equality and the protection of minorities.

The ambassador introduced her family and embassy staff. She also gave Pope Francis an engraved, gold Coptic cross as a gift.

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