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.
In old times, when mass media still didn't exist, Romans resorted to this practice. It's the reason why many monuments in Rome are full of engraved stories and expression. Trajan's Column is perhaps the best example.
The classic Roman pillar turned 1900 years old. To celebrate, its hometown organized a very special exhibit.
Museum of the Imperial Forums (Rome)
"What we want to show the public is the unique character of the column. It's more than the story of two war campaigns, it also shows all the features of the Roman world.”
The exhibit honors the Roman Emperor Trajan, in three different ways. The first one is this Medieval manuscript, which details the history and extension of the Roman Empire at the time. It's likely Trajan took some of these roads during his campaign against the Dacians.
But the celebration also includes contemporary art. In fact, the artist of these works comes from Romania, the modern-day site of historic Dacia. She was very surprised of the amount of detail in the Column.
Museum of the Imperial Forums (Rome)
"The great thing about it is that for Dacia, it shows the leaves and branches of trees from the region, in modern-day Romania. But, for the Romans, it shows Mediterranean plants. It has very realistic elements.”
The last element incorporates the newest technology. A group of students transformed the monument into an interactive experience. Now, users can scroll through the history of the Column as if reading a comic.
"If we're curious about the history, or if we want to find out more about something, we just touch the paddle, and we'll get a visual summary the piece we're interested in.”
Thanks to history, art and technology, the exhibit offers a complete experience to better appreciate Trajan's Column: a timeless work of art that describes the glory of a Roman emperor.