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.
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.
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.
Millions of people from around the world saw this moment on their tv sets, but a much smaller group actually saw it unfold directly in St. Peter's Square.
So with the cold and rain and plenty of cell phones, it's no surprise people started recording that special moment with their hand phones.
Perhaps the best way to describe the moment was excitement.
Even with all that chaos roaming around, some people stayed calm and tried to get the best shot, even zooming in every now and then to get the right image.
With people from all over the world, pilgrims weren't shy about sharing where they were from.
Combined with all the umbrellas, there were plenty of flags.
But for some it was all about soaking it the moment, right then and there. Finding the right words in such a historic moment isn't always easy.
"Oh , my God”.
"This is incredible”.
When the excitement is enough, knowing the name of the Pope can wait.
"Habemus Papam! Habemus Papam!”
Once the white smoke emerged from the roof of the Sistine Chapel, visitors waited for about an hour to meet the new Pope.
Even though Pope Francis was addressing the entire world that night, it was this relatively small group that he directly talked to.