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.
Her name is Alma Bellotti, but she's known as 'Sister Candida.' She's fun, witty and she is 107 years old.
She is one of the oldest living nuns in the world, so she's seen her fair share of the good and the bad.
"There's good and bad in life. There has always been sun and rain.”
She's very sharp when it comes to important details, like the fact that she's been a Camillian nun for over 80 years, or that she lives in Tuscany with her fellow sisters. When it comes to less pressing matters, details come and go...
When was I born? Well, I don't remember. They told me and they even wrote it down, but I don't remember.
-Today is your birthday!
-February 20th, 1906, I mean 1907.
Being one of the oldest nuns in the world, deserves a big celebration. So, she traveled to Rome and bright and early, she attended Pope Francis' morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta.
Making it on time wasn't really a challenge. Her congregation says that every day, at 5:00 a.m sharp, she is the first one in the chapel.
Then she got a well deserved star treatment, with all eyes on her.
She credits living a long and happy life to embracing joy and then there's also another key element.
"Enjoy it! Live a happy life, but you have to learn to accept. The first lesson is to accept every moment and the will of God.”
She has lived through nine pontificates and when it comes to her favorite Pope, she says she doesn't have one. She says they've all been the right fit at the right time.
"Every sing day we should give thanks to God, because only this can truly make people happy.”
And that she says, is the real secret of a long and joyful life.