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.
The Pope's three day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, will be short, but intense.
Things will start off on Saturday May 24th, when the Pope will fly from Rome to Amman, Jordan. He will be welcomed at the Royal Palace by the king and queen. Then in the afternoon, he will celebrate Mass at the city's stadium, where 1,400 children will receive their First Communion.
FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
"In Jordan there are so many refugees from so many countries, like Syria, Iraq and Palestine, so surely all these groups will be present among those who receive their first Communion.”
The Pope will also visit the Baptismal site at Bethany and will meet with refugees and young disabled people. Interestingly, the Pope has invited two non Vatican officials to be part of his papal delegation.
FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
"The papal delegation will include Rabbi Skorka and also Omar Ahmed Abboud who serves as the Secretary General of Argentina's Inter-Religious Dialogue Institute. The Pope knows them both well from his days back in Argentina.”
On Sunday May 25th, the Pope will take a helicopter from Amman to Bethlehem. He will be welcomed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his presidential palace. He will have lunch with Palestinian families and visit the Grotto of the Nativity, before going to a refugee camp.
That same Sunday, in the afternoon, he will arrive in Israel. First to Tel Aviv and then to Jerusalem. It's there, at roughly 6.15pm, that he will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to mark the 50th anniversary of the meeting between their predecessors Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. Moments later they will stand together in the site of the Holy Sepulchre, alongside representatives of the main Christian denominations who have a presence within the shrine, like the Greek Orthodox Church, and the Armenian Apostolic Church.
FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
"Back then Paul VI and the Patriarch prayed the 'Our Father' together, but not in public. This time around, it will be done publicly and it will be aired internationally. It will be an ecumenical moment with extraordinary symbolism.”
On Monday the 26th, the Pope will visit the Wailing Wall, meet with the President of Israel and also with seminarians, priests and religious. Along the way he will give many speeches, all of which will be in Italian. He will also celebrate Mass before taking a helicopter to Tel Aviv. It's there that he will board the papal plane and take a three hour flight back to Rome.
He is scheduled to arrive to the Eternal City at 11.00pm.