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New bishop in San Andrés Tuxtla (Mexico)
March 2, 2015. The Pope has appointed Fidencio Lopez Plaza, a priest from the diocese of Querétaro, to be the new Bishop of San Andrés. 
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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. 
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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).
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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.
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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).
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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. 
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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. 
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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.

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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.”

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Msgr. Oscar Romero declared a Martyr
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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).

Nomadelfia: A lifestyle based on early Christians

2014-05-04

In 1948, Italian priest Zeno Saltini founded the city of 'Nomadelfia.' But it's definitely not your typical city. It's made up of families that take in abandoned children.

Their charism is very particular. They live the way the first Christian communities in Jerusalem lived. There is no private property, and all good are shared.

Fr. Ferdinando is Zeno Salitini's successor as the priest that assists this community.

FR. FERDINANDO
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"Nomadelfia means: 'Where fraternity is the law.' In other words, to live fraternally is not simply romanticism. It means being side by side, respecting each other, sharing all that you have, and to put all personal skills and traits to the service of others.”

Nomadelfians set up their community near the city of Grosseto, in central Italy. Within Rome, there's an small one dedicated to taking in pilgrims. In all, both communities combined include 50 families, or about 300 people.

Donatella is one of the residents. Her grandparents were among the first couples to move in. She was born in Nomadelfia, and even established her family there. Donatella is a mother to 12 children, several of them adopted. She lives with three other families. Among themselves, they educate the youngest family members, and delegate chores.

DONATELLA
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"In Nomadelfia, the children are not obligated to stay with their family, and live that way for their whole lives. It's a lifestyle choice. They have to feel a calling, a vocation.”

FR. FERDINANDO
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"We learn that, in order to truly be ourselves, we need to be surrounded by others, because people know who they are and their worth, if they're surrounded by others.”

DONATELLA
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"In the morning, the elders get up first, and then children. We also eat breakfast this way... quickly and then the children go off to school. We distribute the courses among ourselves and we take turns. Those who are not teaching, work in the kitchen or the laundry room. We clean everything together, and we also eat together.”

Recently, Fr. Ferdinando and one of the first women to join Father Saltini in the project met with Pope Francis. They explained their mission, and received his blessing.

John Paul II visited Nomadelfia in May 1989. He baptized a child, and praised the group's sense of fraternity. He said the community's environment reminded him of the description from the Acts of the Apostles. He also referred to them as an example to a world that is "sometimes hostile and distanced from faith.”


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