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.
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.
New Eparchy and new Exarchate in India
March 26, 2015. The Pope has created the Eparchy of St. John Chrysostom in Gurgaon of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He has also appointed its first bishop, Jacob Barnabas Aerath. Additionally, Pope Francis created the new Apostolic Exarchate of St. Ephrem of Khadki of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He appointed the first Exarch, Bishop Thomas Mar Anthonios Valiyavilayil.
The Pope's advisory committee, also known as the G8, has finished its fourth series of meetings with the Pope. The group is looking at how it can reform the Roman Curia and ultimately, the management of the Church.
FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
"Now that they've finished their report on the Vatican's Pontifical Councils, they're now focusing on their next meeting which will take place from July 1st to the 4th.”
In their three day meeting, the Council of Cardinals also discussed the coming Synod on the Family, with its Secretary General, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri.
They met with Joseph Zahra, who serves as the President of the Vatican new Council for the Economy.
As far as setting the Curia reforms in motion, the Vatican announced that no new measures will be implemented until 2015. In the meantime, two very important meetings will take place this very week.
FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
"On Friday the Council for the Economy will meet all day. This new council includes eight cardinals and seven lay people. From Thursday to Saturday, the Council for the Protection of Minors will meet for the first time, at Casa Santa Marta.”
According to the Vatican's spokesperson, the council will use these meetings to set their statutes and regulations. Pope Francis will greet the members of both councils, at the start of their meetings.
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