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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.
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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).

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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.
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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.
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New bishop in Ecuador
March 24, 2015. Pope Francis appointed Victor Bertram Wick Enzler to be bishop of Santo Domingo (Ecuador). Until now, he served as auxiliary bishop of Guayaquil, also in Ecuador.

Pope Francis: Being pious is not putting on a 'saintly expression'

2014-06-04

Wednesday after Wednesday, Pope Francis spends more time on his Popemobile than delivering his weekly catechesis.

"I love you. I pray for you.”

In his last catechesis before Pentecost, he talked about a gift of the Holy Spirit that is easily misunderstood: the gift of piety. 

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"Some people think that being pious means closing one's eyes and putting on a saintly expression, no? And also acting like a saint, no? No, that is not the gift of piety.

With the gift of piety, the Pope explained, the Holy Spirit helps Christians treat God like a close friend.

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"A friendship that changes our life and fills us with enthusiasm and joy. That's why the gift of piety makes us give thanks and praise. And this is the most authentic sense of our prayer and adoration.”

Christians who love and give thanks to God, the Pope went on, are usually more sensitive to their neighbor's needs.

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"The gift of piety enlarges our relationship and communion with God and makes us live as His children. At the same time, it helps us pour this love to others, and see them as brothers.”

With this General Audience, Pope Francis addressed large crowds of pilgrims for the second time this week: 35,000 pilgrims filled St. Peter's Square on Wednesday and more than 50,000 met him at Rome's Olympic Stadium last Sunday June 1.

On Friday he'll meet 70,000 Italian carabinieri, and 200,000 pilgrims are expected to attend the ceremonies he will preside over this weekend at the Vatican. By the end of this week, Pope Francis will have met with 355,000 people.


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