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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.”

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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
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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pope accepts the resignation of Cardinal O'Brien
March 20, 2015. The Pope has accepted the resignation of "the rights and prerogatives of the cardinal" from Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of Edinburgh.

High profile Vatican meetings dominate last half of February

2014-02-17

The month of February willbe a busy one at the Vatican, with a list of high profile events instore.

It will start offwhen the Pope meets his advisory group from February 17thto the 19th.

The so called G8 council is the group of cardinals who advise thePope on the governance of the Church and possible reforms. Theirfirst two sessions took place in October and December.

In this session, the G8 isexpected to see reviews it requested from outside consulting firms.

 Everything from the management of the Vatican and its bank, to theHoly See's communications department.

 From the 20thto the 21st,cardinals will be summoned from all over the world to meet with thePope. It will be a time to reflect on the strengths and challengesfaced by families and a way to prepare for the Synod on the Familynext year.

On February 22nd,the Pope Francis will name 19 new cardinals during his very firstconsistory.

Of the 19, a total of 16are under the age of 80, which means they will be eligible to vote inan eventual conclave.

These newest membersinclude Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the archbishop of Seoul,Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, from Quebec, Gérald Lacroix, and fromWestminster, Vincent Nichols.

The three Cardinals-electover 80 are Loris Capovilla, who served as John XXIII secretary, alsoSpaniard Fernardo Sebastián, and from the Caribbean Kelvin EdwardFelix.

The day after theConsistory, on the 23rd,Pope Francis will celebrate Mass with all the cardinals.

The coming days willstill be quite busy. On the 24thand the 25th,the Council on the Synod of Bishops will lead a series of meetings atthe Vatican.

 

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