February 27, 2015. Pope Francis has named Msgr. Charles Jude Scicluna as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Malta. Up until now, he had served as the Bishop of San Leone and as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Malta.
New bishops in the Dominican Republic and Colombia
February 23, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of three bishops from the Dominican Republic. They are Ramon Benito de la Rosa (Archdiocese of Santiago de los Caballeros), Rafael Leonidas Felipe and Núñez (Diocese of Barahona) and Antonio Camilo Gonzalez (Diocese of La Vega).
In their places, he has appointed Freddy Antonio de Jesus Breton Martínez (Archdiocese of Santiago de los Caballeros), who is transferring from the Diocese of Bani; Andrew Napoleon Romero Cárdenas (Diocese of Barahona); and Hector Rafael Rodríguez Rodríguez, M.S.C. (Diocese of La Vega).
New Doctor of the Church
February 23, 2015. San Gregorio di Narek will soon be named a Doctor of the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. The Armenian theologian, philosopher and writer was born around 950 and died in 1005. He lived most of his life in a monastery in Narek and for years now he has been considered a Doctor of the Armenian Church.
New bishop in Colombia
February 19, 2105. The Pope has appointed Francisco José Méndez Crispiano Clavijo to be the new bishop of Sincelejo (Colombia). Until now, he was rector of the John Paul II diocesan seminary in Valledupar (Colombia).
February 17, 2015. Msgr. Adolfo Tito Yllana, has been nominated by Pope Francis as the new nuncio of Australia. Up until now, he served as the nuncio, or papal respresentative, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Coptic Pope phoned by Pope Francis
February 16, 2015. In light of the brutal assassination of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, Pope Francis called the Coptic Pope, Tawadros II, to express his condolences. The victims were beheaded by Islamic terrorists, before posting the video online. Pope Francis told Tawadros II that he will be praying for the victims, on Tuesday morning, as their funeral Mass is celebrated.
New permanent representative to the FAO
February 12, 2015. Pope Francis has named the Spanish Msgr. Fernando Chica Arellano permanent representive to the United Nations Agency for Agriculture and Food.
February 6, 2015. Pope Francis has appointed Polish missionary Józef Roszynski, S.V.D. to be Bishop of Wewak (Papua New Guinea) and Chidi Denis Isizoh to be Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Onitsha (Nigeria).
Pope to address US Congress September 24
February 5, 2015. Pope Francis will visit the United States Capitol on September 24th and deliver an address to a joint session of Congress. It will be the first ever address to Congress by a Pope. House Speaker John Boehner, a Catholic, said in a statement that the Pope’s "teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.”
February 5, 2015. Pope Francis will take part in a Google Hangout to chat live with students with special needs. The Thursday afternoon meeting, will kick off at 4pm, Rome time. The program is part of the ‘Scholas’ project which is meant to improve education on a global scale. The students are from the U.S, Brazil, India and Spain.
February 5, 2015. Pope Francis has expressed his condolences over the deadly Taipei plane crash. The TransAsia flight crashed into a river with 58 people on board. On behalf of the Pope, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, sent a message addressed to Taipei’s Archbishop Hung Shan-cuan. In it, the Pope offered his heartfelt condolences to the civil authorities and assured families of the deceased and the missing, of his spiritual closeness.
Msgr. Oscar Romero declared a Martyr
February 3, 2015. The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has officially approved the martrydrom of Msgr. Oscar Romero. The Salvadorian Archbishop was killed while celebrating Mass on March 24th, 1980, during the height of the country’s civil war. The decree signed by Pope Francis recognizes that Romero was killed because of hate towards the Catholic faith.
Pope names new bishops in Ireland, Mexico, and Tanzania
February 2, 2015. The Pope has named Alphonsus Cullinan, 55, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore (Ireland).
He has also named Liberatus Sangu Bishop of Shinyanga (Tanzania). He is about to turn 52 and has worked in the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples since 2008.
Francis has also named Francisco Eduardo Cervantes Merino, 61, the new Bishop of Orizaba (Mexico).
Hear the first hand account of the miracle that saved Floribeth Mora's life.
That's when one of the doctors came in and very clearly said...in fact it seemed somewhat cruel...He started explaining my illness. He drew my artery when I was bed ridden, he drew it out on a paper and he told me I had a month to live. He told me, you may have a week more than that, or five minutes or an hour, but in a month the aneurism will explode and you will die.
So my husband talked with our children. He told them, 'Mom is coming back home, but not for long... because she is going to die.'
It was a very difficult moment in my life. I prayed to God and I prayed to John Paul II asking for his intercession. I did this from day one. I've always been a firm believer. Not just recently, but always.
I asked John Paul II to help me and I prayed for his intercession. I would tell him 'John Paul II, John Paul II, you are so close to God, tell Him that I don't want to die. I don't want to leave my kids. The most important thing are my children and my family, this is my priority.
Usually I wouldn't wake up all of a sudden, but that night I did. I grabbed the remote and turned on the television. I saw John Paul II's beatification, or part of it. I saw Benedict XVI and the cured nun carry his relic. Just as easily as I woke up, I went back to sleep.
I woke up again at 8.00 am and this was the most important moment for me. That's when I heard a voice in my room, that said "Skeptic, get up.” I said to myself, 'My God, I'm here alone', but I hear this voice. It was a voice that clearly said 'Get Up.'
It was difficult for me. I was scared because again, I was alone, but I heard that voice. I then heard it again. The voice told me, 'Get up and don't be afraid.' Immediately I saw a magazine cover, that may be insignificant to others, but not to me.
It was propped over my television set. On the cover of that magazine was John Paul II. His hands were stretched out and I saw how his hands called me in, telling me to get up. And that's what I did. I said, "Yes, Sir.”
I took the blanket off and I got up. I walked over to the kitchen and saw my husband. He told me, 'Honey, what are you doing here?' 'I told him, I feel fine.'
It was something incredible. That force was so powerful that I no longer felt agony or fear. Instead I felt peace...A peace you can't even imagine. A peace that made it clear that I was healed. Days passed and from that day on, I've been standing. Through the honor and glory of God, I'm here now.
I've always said, if you want to believe, well believe. But if you don't, then don't. I can't do more than that. The evidence is there. Those who want to believe, can. Those who don't want to, won't believe at any cost. So that is my only answer: Those who want to believe, should. Those who don't, won't.
I want to highlight that the most important person here, is not the person sitting in front of you. It's not me. The important thing here is the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII—they are the important ones.