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.
On May 24, Pope Francis will arrive to Amman, Jordan. King Abdullah and Queen Rania will welcome him at the Royal Palace to kick start his visit to the Holy Land.
That evening, the Pope will celebrate Mass at a stadium, and will meet with refugees and young people with disabilities at the site of the Baptism of Jesus.
The next day, on the 25th, the Pope will travel by helicopter to Bethlehem. Once there, he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He will also preside a Mass at Manger Square, and have lunch with Palestinian families.
After lunch, he will visit privately the Grotto of the Nativity, and greet children from Palestinian refugee camps. At 4PM, he will board his helicopter for Tel Aviv for a welcome ceremony, and then head out to Jerusalem.
In the historic city, the Pope will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople at the Basilica of Holy Sepulcher. The visit will mark the historic embrace between the Catholic and Orthodox leaders, which took place 1964.
On May 26, the Pope will visit the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem at the Esplanade of the Mosques. He will then visit the Western Wall and the Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum. He will also meet with the two Chief Rabbis of Israel, with President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In the evening, the Pope will meet with priests, and religious men and women at the Church of Gethsemane. He will preside Mass at the Cenacle, the place where, according to tradition, the Last Supper took place.
At 8PM, Pope Francis will fly back to Rome. He's expected to land at 11 o'clock that night.