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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. 
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Appointments
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.
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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. 

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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. 
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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. 
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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.
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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).

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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. 
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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.

Excitement and lots of emotion following canonization of two Popes

2014-04-28

John Paul II and John XXIII are now saints. Pope Francis elevated them to the altars before hundreds of thousands of pilgrims.

"For us, it's been wonderful, truly wonderful to be here during this historic moment for the Church.”

"We felt lots of joy, lots of happiness, tranquility, and comforted by our faith.”

"Never in my life, I've had this excitement, a very very overwhelming feeling.”

Once the ceremony ended, Pope Francis boarded his Popemobile and greeted pilgrims in the Square, and neighboring Via della Conciliazione. It only added to overall excitement of the event.

"I was about 80 feet from the Holy Father. I love it. It's been a unique experience.”

"I got goosebumps, I'm telling you. For me it was very important.”

Though wariness showed on some of their faces, their elation and emotion won out. Few even continued singing and celebrating, hours after the event.

"We slept what we could, but we're not tired now.”

"Good spirits keep you fresh, they keep you awake. Not tired, just a bit sleepy.”

But that wasn't the case with everyone. After waiting for so long, several pilgrims gave in to hunger and fatigue.

"We want to eat and sleep a little.”

Now that the event is over, St. Peter's Square will slowly get back to normal. Pilgrims will return back home, having lived through a unique experience in the history of the Church. 


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