Pope Francis names French cardinal as new Camerlengo
December 20, 2014. Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran is the new Camerlengo of the Roman Catholic Church. So he replaces cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (80).
Tauran will take care of the property and revenues of the Holy See during a sede vacante.
December 12, 2014. Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Vicente Jimenez Zamora as the new Archbishop of Zaragoza, Spain. Up until now, he served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Santander. In Ecuador, Fr. Adelio Pasqualotto has been nominated as the new Vicariate Apostolic of Napo. Pope Francis also appointed Rev. Fr. Pietro Bovati, as the new Secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
Vatican releases new questionnaire on the Synod on the Family
December 9, 2014. The Vatican has published a new questionnaire containing 46 questions pertaining to the family and the modern day challenges it faces. It’s meant to be a further reflection for the second phase of the Synod on the Family, which will take place in October 2015. The questions are divided in three sections. In the following days, it will be distributed to many groups, including Episcopal Conferences, Eastern Church and Curia Departments.
The Jesuits to start new General Congregation on October 2016
December 9, 2014. The General Superior of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, has called a new General Congregation. This assembly, which will include representatives from all over the world, will start on October 2, 2016. In a letter, Fr. Pachon called on all Jesuits to take part in this "serious process of spiritual discernment" on which the future and mission of the Society relies.
New Archbishop of Kenya
December 9, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Martin Musonde Kivuva as new Archbishop of Mombasa (Kenya). He previously served as bishop of the diocese of Machakos (Kenya).
Also, Adolfo Ramon Canecin was appointed coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Goya (Argentina).
Community of Sant'Egidio reelects its president
December 9, 2014. Marco Impagliazzo has been reelected as president of the Community of Sant'Egidio by an assembly of 220 delegates from around the world.
Colombian bishop, resigns
December 1, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Luis Alberto Parra Mora, Bishop of Mocoa-Sibundoy (Colombia). He is 70 years old.
First message of Pope Francis in Turkey
November 28, 2014. Pope Francis signed the so-called Golden Book at Ataturk's Mausoleum in Ankara. There he wrote this message: "I express my sincerest good wishes so that Turkey, the natural bridge between two Continents, may not only be a crossroad, but also a place of encounter, dialogue and peaceful coexistence among men and women of good will of every culture, ethnicity and religion."
Pope on Haiti
November 25, 2014. Five years have passed since the deadly earthquake devastated the island of Haiti. In light of this anniversary, Pope Francis has called for a Vatican meeting to take place. The goal is for the Church to look into what can be done to help out victims and the country as it tries to re-build itself.
Cardinal Robert Sarah, new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
November 24, 2014. Pope Francis has named Cardinal Robert Sarah as new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Up until recently, he served as the President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
Sarah, 69, a native of Conakry, Guinea, also held a prominent role in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
He is taking over the post previously held by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, who was recently named Archbishop of Valencia, Spain.
Thundering applause welcomed Pope Francis inside the Vatican's Clementine Hall. He met with bishops, priests and seminarians from the Pontifical Leonian College, the seminary for the Lazio region.
"We are here to gather courage like the Apostles, and assure you our total and unconditional loyalty.”
During his remarks he talked about the four pillars needed within the formation of priests: prayer, study, fraternity and apostolic life.
"A strong spiritual life; a serious intellectual life: community life, and, lastly, an apostolic life, in no particular order. All four are important. If one is missing, the formation is no good.”
Pope Francis went on to talk about the meaning of becoming a priest, a "good shepherd.” Citing the Apostles, he talked about courage in preaching, mercy through the Sacraments, and constant prayer. The one thing a priest should not be, the Pope said, is a career bureaucrat.
"We have so, so many priest who are stuck on this path. It pains me that they are not fulfilled as priests. They behave like officials, like bureaucrats, and that is not good for the Church. I urge you, be careful not to fall on this path.”
The Pope added that there is no room for mediocrity in the discipleship of Jesus Christ, and that if a person is not up to the task of becoming a "man of prayer” and the "voice of Christ,” they should consider finding another path. He closed by giving seminarians another piece of advice.
"Russian mystics said that in moments of spiritual turbulence, one needs to take refuge under the mantle of the Holy Mother of God. Never leave it! Cover yourself with Her mantle.”
Near the end, he also thanked the seminarians that came to the Vatican on foot from the seminary, located less than 40 miles south of Rome.