New Archbishop for Yaoundé, Cameroon
October 31, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Mons. Jean Mbarga as new Archbishop of Yaoundé (Cameroon).
New Bishop for Cuzco, Peru.
October 28, 2014. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Juan Antonio Ugarte Perez from Cuzco, Peru. He will be succeeded by Bishop Richard Daniel Alarcon Urrutia, who currently serves as the Bishop of Tarma, Peru.
LIVE BROADCAST: Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family
October 18, 2014. Presentation of the Final Message of the Synod on the Family.
The topic of the second part of the Synod on the Family has been announced
October 13, 2014. The new topic for the second part of the Synod on the Family will be "The vocation and the mission of the family within the Church and in the contemporary world.”
This second part will take place in Rome from October 4-25, 2015. The issues dealt with during the first part of the Synod, which concludes this week, will be further discussed in this second part.
Priest kidnapped in Syria is freed
October 9, 2014. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, 62, has been freed and taken to a convent in Knayeh, Syria. He was kidnapped on the evening of October 5th. Of the 20 other Christians kidnapped that night, 4 women were also freed.
Pope Francis names new bishops for Italy, Spain & Brazil
October 8, 2014. Pope Francis has named several new bishops today. The Pope named Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mérida-Badajoz (Spain). As of now, Archbishop Morga Iruzubieta was secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy.
He also named Bishop Fausto Tardelli, from the diocese of San Miniato, as bishop of the Diocese of Pistoia (Italy). Finally, the Pope named a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Goiânia (Brazil). He nominated Fr. Levi Bonatto, a priest from the personal prelature of Opus Dei.
Pastor and 20 Christians kidnapped in Syria
October 7, 2014. A pastor and roughly 20 Christians were kidnapped in Knayeh, Syria on the evening of October 5th. Fr. Hassan Jallouf, a 62 year old Franciscan, belongs to the Custody of the Holy Land. Local sources said that a group of armed members of Islamic militant group, Jahbat Al-Nusra, are responsible for the kidnapping.
All cardinals to meet at the Vatican on October 20
October 7, 2014. Pope Francis convoked a Consistory at the Vatican on October 20. All the cardinals will discuss the situation of Chistians in Middle East, especially of those suffering continuous attacks of ISIS.
Pope Francis will travel to France in 2015
October 7, 2014.Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced that Pope Francis will visit France in 2015.
During his visit to the Vatican in January, French President Francois Hollande, formally invited the Pope to France. The mayor of Lourdes also extended an invitation.
It is likely that he will visit Lisieux, home of one of the Pope's favorite saints, St. Therese.
The last Pontiff to visit France was Benedict XVI in 2008.
Pope Francis: "Happy families are essential for society"
October 3, 2014. Pope Francis asked Christians to pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family via Twitter. He also said that "happy families are essential for society."
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.