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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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Pope's Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations
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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

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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
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Card. Orlando Quevedo: appointment is like being crowned with thorns

2014-03-06

It was dinner time in the Philippines when the Pope announced Orlando Quevedo, would become a cardinal. In fact, it was Manila Card. Luis Antonio Tagle who broke the news to the skeptic archbishop of Cotabato. The feeling that arose with him was not one of joy or honor, instead he described it as "being crowned with thorns.”

CARD. ORLANDO QUEVEDO
Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines)
"I would like to be as I was before, simple, approachable, no formality, and just go out to the people. I would like to continue doing that and particularly going to the mountains where the poor are.”

Card. Quevedo's tepid response to his appointment is a clear indication why the Pope picked him. But he feels there's another reason too. His archdiocese is in Mindanao, a restive area in the southern Philippines, home to a large Muslim population, and an on-going violent struggle by Islamist separatist groups.

CARD. ORLANDO QUEVEDO
Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines)
"The archdiocese represents a microcosm of the entire problems of the entire Mindanao area. It's poverty, conflict, and underdevelopment. And you find that, with 47 percent Muslim and 48 percent Catholic in the archdiocese, so almost half and half.”

The local church, plays a big role in easing tensions. The cardinal said their focus is on creating communities based on dialogue, and the formation of lay people committed to peace. The reason deals with the likely future of his archdiocese, within an autonomous Muslim area.

CARD. ORLANDO QUEVEDO
Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines)
"Probably in the future, when the peace agreement is signed and implemented Cotabato City will be the center.” 

As an adviser to the Pope, Card. Quevedo said he's happy with the direction Pope Francis is taking the Church. But he advocated for a "radical change of heart and mind” for every member of the Church and all its institutions, in order to go back to its roots.

CARD. ORLANDO QUEVEDO
Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines)
"The only way a Church can redeem its resources as well as its institutions will be to place them at the service of justice, and of the poor, for the sake of the Kingdom of God.”

For many years, Card. Quevedo has been considered a leading figure of the local church in Asia. The cardinal emphasized the local church is the first to respond to any challenges today, so when local communities are strong, it makes the universal Catholic Church even stronger.


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