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.
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.
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.
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.
Pope Francis met with some Spanish bishops in their 'ad limina' visit to the Vatican.
During the warm meeting, one of them gave the Pope some drawings done by kids at a Spanish parish.
"The drawings of the children are wonderful... They have a lot of imagination...”
"He said: 'It's the Pope, but it looks more like a flamenco dancer.'”
The Spanish bishops greeted the Pope one by one. Each of them had a special petition and carried several gifts. The bishop of Bilbao, Mario Iceta, brought the Pope a small piece of the symbolic Guernica tree, as well as a photo album and newspaper clips of the 1947 soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and the Pope's beloved San Lorenzo de Almagro. Pope Francis showed off his knowledge of Spain, where he studied for some time.
"Your Holiness, good morning. I'm bishop of La Rioja, in Logroño. Do you know it?”
"Just the wine.”
After the visit, the bishop of San Sebastian, Msgr. José Ignacio Munilla, talked about the warm atmosphere of the gathering.
MSGR. JOSÉ IGNACIO MUNILLA
Bishop of San Sebastián (Spain)
"It was a very straightforward conversation. He just said: 'It's wonderful to speak Spanish right from the beginning and don't waste time with translations.' Ten of us bishops from the ecclesiastical provinces were surrounding him, in a table. After praying together, we sat and he said: 'Well, the ball is in the court, who takes the first shot?' And then we just started talking. In two hours we talked many things.”
During the next few days, Pope Francis will meet with all 83 Spanish bishops, that are in Rome for their 'ad limina' visit.