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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).

Pope Francis meets with thousands of engaged couples on Valentine's Day

2014-02-14

It's the first meeting of its kind: Pope Francis met with more than 10,000 engaged couples out in St. Peter's Square. 

Under the theme, 'Yes is Forever,' the Pope emphasized that engaged couples need to fully prepare for marriage. It's a commitment he said, that shouldn't be taken lightly. 

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"So what's love really about? Is it just a feeling or something psycho physical? Of course this is part of it, but that's not enough to build something solid.” 

Engaged couples asked the Pope some questions, including how they should face the fear of making a life long commitment. From marriage to a family. 

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"You can't base your marriage on feelings that come and go. It has to be firm and strong, like a rock-just like God's love. Through this love, a family is born.” 

The event included music, entertainment and plenty of excitement. Couples even got ring pillows for their big day. 

Faith makes a marriage stronger, said the Pope. But being married in the Church, is not just about having a long marriage, but a quality marriage.  Part of that means respecting one another and making decisions together. 

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"You have to learn to ask. Do you agree with this? Or Do you think we should do this? Should we plan something out? How should we educate our children? Would you like to go out tonight? So, by asking questions, you become part of each others life with courtesy.” 

But part of marriage, he explained is forgiveness. One person needs to be willing to ask pardon and the other to forgive. It's not always simple, but prayer, he said, makes it a lot easier. 


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