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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).

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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.

A look back at the conclave that elected Pope Francis

2014-03-10

When Cardinal Bergoglio entered the Sistine Chapel on March 12, 2013, he was unaware that a mere 24 hours later, he would leave as the new Pope of the Catholic Church.

He remained calm as the papal master of ceremonies uttered the two famous words that sealed them off from the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, thousands of pilgrims packed St. Peter's Square to witness first-hand the results from the first round of voting. It came just two hours later.

"It was very exciting, but unfortunately it didn't happen today. We'll have to wait until tomorrow to see if we're lucky enough to have a new Pope.”
 
"I can't describe the feeling, the people's reactions. I think we were all confused because it seemed like white smoke. We all got excited. But it was black smoke. I think the high priests known what their doing. I think they will make a good decision.”

When black smoke emerges, many leave the Square. Others remain at St. Peter's, praying.

On Wednesday, March 13, the skies are overcast. But pilgrims continue flocking to the Square, just in case. At 11:38AM, smoke appears, but still no new Pope. Fumata nera.

Hours later, night had set in when the waiting came to an end. The chimney atop the Sistine Chapel spewed an unmistakable white smoke.

But pilgrims had to wait more than an hour to find out what had happened inside the Sistine Chapel.

Habemus Papam

POPE FRANCIS
"It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one... And first of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI. Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him.”

Not many had heard of him, but in a few minutes, his humility won everyone over.

"I'm speechless, but I'm very happy, and he's from the Americas, from Latin America, so happy!” / "He's the first Argentinian too, so I'm definitely very happy.”

"I'm so happy, and I hope that he brings a new sense of renewal, which the Church needs, and of course, I'm very happy that he's Argentinian.”

The rest is history. With simple, kind gestures, Pope Francis unleashed a revolution. He's the first Pope from the New World, and more importantly, he's the people's Pope.


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