December 12, 2014. Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Vicente Jimenez Zamora as the new Archbishop of Zaragoza, Spain. Up until now, he served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Santander. In Ecuador, Fr. Adelio Pasqualotto has been nominated as the new Vicariate Apostolic of Napo. Pope Francis also appointed Rev. Fr. Pietro Bovati, as the new Secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
Vatican releases new questionnaire on the Synod on the Family
December 9, 2014. The Vatican has published a new questionnaire containing 46 questions pertaining to the family and the modern day challenges it faces. It’s meant to be a further reflection for the second phase of the Synod on the Family, which will take place in October 2015. The questions are divided in three sections. In the following days, it will be distributed to many groups, including Episcopal Conferences, Eastern Church and Curia Departments.
The Jesuits to start new General Congregation on October 2016
December 9, 2014. The General Superior of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, has called a new General Congregation. This assembly, which will include representatives from all over the world, will start on October 2, 2016. In a letter, Fr. Pachon called on all Jesuits to take part in this "serious process of spiritual discernment" on which the future and mission of the Society relies.
New Archbishop of Kenya
December 9, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Martin Musonde Kivuva as new Archbishop of Mombasa (Kenya). He previously served as bishop of the diocese of Machakos (Kenya).
Also, Adolfo Ramon Canecin was appointed coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Goya (Argentina).
Community of Sant'Egidio reelects its president
December 9, 2014. Marco Impagliazzo has been reelected as president of the Community of Sant'Egidio by an assembly of 220 delegates from around the world.
Colombian bishop, resigns
December 1, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Luis Alberto Parra Mora, Bishop of Mocoa-Sibundoy (Colombia). He is 70 years old.
First message of Pope Francis in Turkey
November 28, 2014. Pope Francis signed the so-called Golden Book at Ataturk's Mausoleum in Ankara. There he wrote this message: "I express my sincerest good wishes so that Turkey, the natural bridge between two Continents, may not only be a crossroad, but also a place of encounter, dialogue and peaceful coexistence among men and women of good will of every culture, ethnicity and religion."
Pope on Haiti
November 25, 2014. Five years have passed since the deadly earthquake devastated the island of Haiti. In light of this anniversary, Pope Francis has called for a Vatican meeting to take place. The goal is for the Church to look into what can be done to help out victims and the country as it tries to re-build itself.
Cardinal Robert Sarah, new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
November 24, 2014. Pope Francis has named Cardinal Robert Sarah as new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Up until recently, he served as the President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
Sarah, 69, a native of Conakry, Guinea, also held a prominent role in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
He is taking over the post previously held by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, who was recently named Archbishop of Valencia, Spain.
Synod on the Family 2015
November 21, 2014. The following Cardinals will be delegate presidents during the second part of the Synod on the Family, from October 4th to the 24th, 2015. The Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois. From the Philippines, Luis Antonio Tagle. From Aparecida Brazil, Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis. From Durban, South Africa, Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier.
The Relator General will be Cardinal Peter Erdo, who serves as the Archbishop of Budapest. The Secretary General, will be Italian Msgr, Bruno Forte.
New Bishop in Broken Bay (Australia)
November 20, 2014. Pope Francis has appointed Peter Andrew Comensoli as the New Bishop of Broken Bay, Australia. Up until now, he served as the auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
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.
"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.
"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.”
"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.”
"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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