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.
Synod on the Family 2015
November 21, 2014. The following Cardinals will be delegate presidents during the second part of the Synod on the Family, from October 4th to the 24th, 2015. The Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois. From the Philippines, Luis Antonio Tagle. From Aparecida Brazil, Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis. From Durban, South Africa, Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier.
The Relator General will be Cardinal Peter Erdo, who serves as the Archbishop of Budapest. The Secretary General, will be Italian Msgr, Bruno Forte.
More than 25.000 people attended the Pope's general audience in St. Peter's.
As he made his way across the square in the popemobile, there were plenty of greetings, including time to drink some mate tea, to sign some autographs and even got offered some potato chips.
He exchanged his papal hat and also read some unique banners like this one where a couple asked for a blessing for their 50th wedding anniversary. Two kids also got the ride of a lifetime when the Pope invited them to hop on the popemobile and make a few rounds with him along the square.
"Are you enjoying it?"
During his catechesis, Pope Francis talked about Holy Week. He reflected on the Passion of the Lord and the betrayal of Judas.
"Jesus had a price. As if He were something that could be bough in a market. Jesus accepts this humiliation until His death on the Cross. FLASH His Passion is no mistake. It's His way of showing us His infinite love.”
He then explained that the suffering Jesus went through should not be ignored, explaining why it's relevant to all Christians.
"In His Passion, we see His generosity and love. During Holy Week it would do us some good to really look at the Crucifix, kiss the wounds of Jesus and to say 'Thank you.' He went through that for each and every one of us.”
When it comes to the Resurrection, the Pope explained that even though Jesus suffered, in the end, God always shines His light, even in the darkest of moments.
"The Resurrection of Jesus is not some type of fairytale ending. It's not the feel good ending of a movie, but rather proof that God is present even in difficult and dark moments. The night is always extremely dark just before the sun begins to rise. Let's not lose faith while we're on the Cross.”
Hundreds of students attending the UNIV Conference were also in the audience. They gave the Pope hundreds of letters written by the elderly and orphans.
"I'm happy to welcome all participants from the UNIV Conference; a gathering for university students titled: Cosmos, the Ecology of the Person and the environment, organized by the Prelature of the Opus Dei.”
There was also plenty of laughter when one of the interpreters got a bit confused in a translation. The crowd started laughing and the Pope joined in the fun with some joke.
"You're getting old.”