New bishop in Texas
April 23, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. David Eugene Fellhauer, Bishop of Victoria in Texas (United States). In his place, he has appointed the Rev. Brendan Cahill.
April 22, 2015. The Pope has named Eduardo Pinheiro da Silva, S.D.B. as Bishop of Jaboticabal (Brazil). Until now, he was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Campo Grande.
The Vatican also announced that on April 21 the Pope appointed Joseph F. Naumann to be Apostolic Administrator "sede vacante" of the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph (United States). Until a new bishop is appointed, Naumann will oversee the diocese. He is currently the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas.
Kansas Bishop Robert Finn resigns years after conviction
April 21, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of American Bishop, Robert W. Finn. In 2012 the Kansas Bishop was convicting of not reporting a diocesan priest to police. The priest had a series of pornographic material in his computer.
He is the first American Bishop to resign for not acting swiftly in dealing with cases of sexual abuse.
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.
It took 26 years and 5 months for John Paul II to forever change the way the world saw a Pope.
The media recorded every moment of this revolution: From his strong personality and dedication to his more personal side.
-A Smiling Pope
The Pope definitely wasn't afraid to smile. When this clown performed a skit, he couldn't help but laugh. It was a known fact that he had a great sense of humor and also that he loved theater and sports.
Exercising was much more than just a hobby. He was the youngest Pope of have ever been elected in the 20th century and exercise was quite important to him. From going up to stairs to covering two full steps at a time. At least once he left the Vatican incognito, to go skiing and hiking. It was a place where he could clear his mind and meditate.
When it comes to moving moments, there's plenty to choose from. He wouldn't shy away from giving hugs, like this one, with a Bolivian mine-worker.
May 11, 1988 Oruru (Bolivia)
"We miners want you to wear this helmet so you can become a miner, just like us. We believe in God, Holy Father.”
But just as easily, the Pope also showed his strong character, frustration and even anger.
Perhaps the most memorable public moment was when Nicaraguan priest, Ernesto Cardinal was scolded by the Pope, as he knelt down and kissed his hand. The priest had become involved with the Sandinista government which tried to limit the role of the Catholic Church in that country.
One of the moments that marked his pontificate was when he met and forgave the man who tried to kill him back on May 13th, 1981.
Not only did the Pope forgive Ali Agca, he also met with his mother in 1996, when she asked him to support her son's amnesty request.
-Asking for Forgiveness
He started the New Millennium with a one of a kind ceremony. In the year 2000, he led Mass at St Peter's Basilica, where he asked God to forgive the Church for all the sins it had carried out in history. From the Inquisition or the persecution of Jews.
During his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he left a prayer petition in the Wailing Wall, where he also asked for forgiveness. The document is now part of the Holocaust Museum.
John Paul II showed compassion and understanding. He was Pontiff for almost 27 years. With more than 200 trips throughout the world, he hugged thousands of people along the way.
One of those unforgettable moments was when he blessed a former prostitute with AIDS in the 2000 Jubilee.
Just like any other person, John Paul II had friends. One of them was a woman he used to share the spot light with in plays. Over the years, they remained friends, even when Karol Wojtyla was ordained priest and eventually became Pope.
-A Living Testimony
As he got older, it was harder for him to walk and even talk...Still, he kept that deep connection with the youth. During his last trip to Spain in 2003, he had a touching conversation with the young crowd.
JOHN PAUL II
May 3, 2003. Madrid (Spain)
"So...How old is the Pope? Almost... A young 83 year-old!
Eventually, age and illness took over the energetic and strong John Paul II... Still, he continued to travel the world, never hiding his limits from the eyes of the world.
His strongest message was perhaps his life: A silent cry that moved forward, and echoed in the hearts of thousands of people.