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.
Few miles away from Capernaum and before the Sea of Galilee the Legion of Christ recently opened the Magdala Center. This spiritual center will soon offer visitors a taste of biblical archaeology.
During the construction of the center, the remains of an ancient town of fishermen were discovered. It turned out to be Madgala, the city where Mary Madgalene was from.
"Here we can find a full room, what we call an 'island.' It's built space surrounded by four streets. It's the only complex with its four streets: the one I am standing in right now, the east one, and there's the south street, the north one, as well as west street over there. Inside the living space, there are several spaces, each one was dedicated to different activities.”
Another archaeological discovery gave the Legion of Christ a good reason to build the Magdala center there. Three feet underground they found the remains of a synagogue of the 1st century.
"The life for the synagogue is the middle. Here we found the stone that... here open the torah on this stone. The people set down around and talked with each other and read the torah in here.”
This stone is one of the treasures of the excavation. It kept the oldest menorah, the seven-arm Jewish lamp, found outside the Old City of Jerusalem.
All these discoveries will help better understand how life was in the 1st century. For the chief of the excavation works, a lot of questions are still unanswered. He is sure of one thing, though: Jesus visited Magdala. A great change overcame the way Jews looked at their synagogues, a change that took place between the year 20 and 30 A.D.
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