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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. 
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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. 
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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.”

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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 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. 
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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.
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Pope accepts the resignation of Cardinal O'Brien
March 20, 2015. The Pope has accepted the resignation of "the rights and prerogatives of the cardinal" from Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of Edinburgh.

Pope clears out his schedule for second day in a row

2014-06-10

The Pope is taking a few days off to rest. He cleared out most of his schedule on Monday and on Tuesday, which is usually a lighter day, he also canceled his appointments. 

The Vatican's spokesperson said it's nothing serious, but rather due to a slight 'indisposition.'

It's that much of a surprise.  The 77 year old Pontiff had a grueling weekend. 

Most notably, there's the intense prayer session with the Presidents of Israel and Palestine, in the Vatican Gardens, which is something that's been officially in the works since the Pope's visit to the Holy Land. 

Earlier that day, he celebrated Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, to mark the end of Easter. 

A day before, he welcomed thousands of athletes to St. Peter's Square where they showed off their skills. The Pope then addressed them in a speech, with Rome's intense summer heat.

That same day, he welcomed Mexico's president to the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and then in another meeting he met with an Argentinian indigenous group for about 45 minutes. 

On Friday, the Pope did a few rounds on the popemobile, to welcome more than 50,000 members of Italy's  military police force, or Carabinieri, in St. Peter's Square. 

The month of June will be a busy month for the Pope, with a heavy list of public and private meetings and celebrations, so taking a few days off is not only well deserved, but also a wise choice.  


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