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.
Holy Week will start on Sunday, April 13, marking one of the busiest periods of the year for the Pope. He will preside over all the major ceremonies.
On Palm Sunday, at 9:30AM, he will bless the olive trees in St. Peter's Square, where he will also celebrate Mass. Traditionally, the Pope specifically addresses young people in the Square.
The morning of Holy Thursday, he will celebrate the so called Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. Later on, he will visit a center for disabled and elderly people, where he will celebrate Mass, and will wash the feet of 12 patients.
As usual, on Good Friday, Pope Francis will preside the ceremony of the Lord's Passion. The person in charge of delivering this year's homily will be the Preacher to the Papal Household, Italian priest Raniero Cantalamessa.
At 9:15PM that same day, he will take part in the famous Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum.
The Easter Vigil will take place at St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday evening. Pope Francis will then preside the Liturgy of Light, one of the most striking moments of Holy Week.
On Easter Sunday, Resurrection Mass will start at 10:15AM at St. Peter's Square. Once finished, Pope Francis will give his blessing "Urbi et Orbi.”