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.
All the way from Naples, The Kids Train or 'Il Treno dei Bambini' made its way to the Vatican where more than 500 kids got to meet Pope Francis. It's all part of a program meant to help children with family or social problems.
"I noticed you brought me some gifts. One was soil from the catacombs. You gave it to me, right?
Yes, I did!
That's right. The other gift was a plant. Who gave me the plant? The plant! You told me: It's the plant of light. How did it go? The plant of light to make the world...I can't hear you...
...A better place”
Using the catacombs as an analogy, the Pope said that even amid the darkness, a person must always make an effort to find light.
"Light gives us joy, it gives us hope. Do we all have the chance of finding that light?
That's right. You're sharp, You didn't hesitate. Let's hear it again. Do we have a chance?
The Pope then asked a few more questions about how Christians can go out and find that light, even when everything seems dark.
"Can you find it with hate?
Good! Say it out loud.
With love, with love.”
He then reminded the kids that finding God isn't about taking a long journey, since His light and hope, he said, is found from within.
Even though the train came all the way from Naples, students from Rome also joined in the fun.