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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.

John Paul II boasts one of the longest pontificates in history, and a long list of accomplishments. There are hundreds of books written about his life and views, but not many for children. "The life of John Paul II,” attempts to fill this void. 

FRANK ZAMMIT
Author, "The Life of John Paul II”
"It's a love story. It's a love story between John Paul II, the blessed John Paul II and humanity.” 

The book and illustrations depict 33 different stages in his life, from birth to his canonization. It also addresses tough moments in his life, like the death of his mother and his assassination attempt. But the biggest focus is on the message and legacy John Paul II left behind. 

RAY BEZZINA
Kite Publishing (Malta)
"There's the message of love, the message of forgiveness, which is given to children in an easy way for them to understand.”

The book is geared to kids ages 8-10. But it's no coincidence. These are the children that were born after John Paul II passed away.

RAY BEZZINA
Kite Publishing (Malta)
"It is a pity if, John Paul II's message, there weren't all the efforts done so that his message would continue to be passed on from generation to generation.” 

In addition to the stories on John Paul II's life, the book also include a preface and reflections from some of his closest collaborators, like his secretary Msgr. Alfred Xuereb.

FRANK ZAMMIT
Author, "The Life of John Paul II”
"I wanted to pass the message to children not only of my pen, but of people, of collaborators that used to work side by side with the Pope.” 

With the focus on his message, the publishers decided to make the book accessible price wise. After its initial launch in Maltese, publishers issued a second edition in English, but are looking into other languages as well.


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