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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
New Eparchy and new Exarchate in India
March 26, 2015. The Pope has created the Eparchy of St. John Chrysostom in Gurgaon of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He has also appointed its first bishop, Jacob Barnabas Aerath. Additionally, Pope Francis created the new Apostolic Exarchate of St. Ephrem of Khadki of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He appointed the first Exarch, Bishop Thomas Mar Anthonios Valiyavilayil.
New bishop in Ecuador
March 24, 2015. Pope Francis appointed Victor Bertram Wick Enzler to be bishop of Santo Domingo (Ecuador). Until now, he served as auxiliary bishop of Guayaquil, also in Ecuador.
It's not your typical fairly tale story...
"You ain't going no where...Honey mommy loves you. You'll be back!”
It's a story of drug abuse, pain and a sense of hopelessness.
"When I was 8, I was taken away from my mother when she was arrested for drugs. By the time I was 12, I was in my tenth foster home and all that time, this letter was the only thing I got from you—dad.”
Titled 'Gimme Shelter' goes beyond a Hollywood script. Based on a true story, a teenage girl, played by Vanessa Hudgens, finds out she's pregnant, amid a whirlwind of drama and instability.
"It's clear that you are not ready to assume the responsibility of motherhood.”
With no money, no where to go, and outside pressures, having an abortion seems like the right choice. But a priest and hospital chaplain make her think twice.
'Don't make your child suffer, because you're suffering.'
-Where was God when I was suffering all these years? You think you know me? You don't know anything.'
But things changed when she met a carrying stranger.
"Twenty years ago, I opened my home as a shelter.”
It's here, that she finds the support she's been looking for, for her and her newborn...
"It's crazy how you can go and live with strangers and feel like you're family.”
The movie is now being shown in theaters across America. Even the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life has expressed support for the movie's pro-life message.