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.
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.
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.
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.
As the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the Pope agreed to have his homilies published by a journalist named Federico Wals. The project was underway, but then all cardinals were summoned to Rome for the conclave. Neither the Pope nor Wals, ever imagined that Jorge Mario Bergoglio would be elected as the head of the Catholic Church.
"In the month of February, we started looking things over and setting the four major themes for the publications. Then, to our surprise on March 13th we found out that our Archbishop was now the Pope. So, you could say it was providential, incredible and of course, surprising.”
The project continued after his election. In fact when it was all done, he mailed it over to the Pope who gave it his blessing. The publications has now been published in Spanish and Italian.
"In reading these books, I think you can see that he's still the same person. He follows his same line of thought he had before...of course, we already knew him, but the rest of the world didn't. The world is shocked by his simple, plain and blunt language. He's very to the point, clear and concise.”
From the moment he stepped out in St. Peter's Basilica, his simple language struck people immediately. In fact the books prove that he uses the same analogies and language that he used back when he was the Archbishop.
"He invites people into the conversation. He uses common words that everyone can relate to, even using symbolism in some of them. Phrases like 'Don't be spectators of life.' We call these 'Bergoglioisms.' People hear it and immediately understand it.”
The four themes of the publications are life, witness, mission and mercy, all of which are so far, hallmarks of the Pope's pontificate.