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New bishop in Texas
April 23, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. David Eugene Fellhauer, Bishop of Victoria in Texas (United States). In his place, he has appointed the Rev. Brendan Cahill. 
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Appointments
April 22, 2015. The Pope has named Eduardo Pinheiro da Silva, S.D.B. as Bishop of Jaboticabal (Brazil). Until now, he was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Campo Grande.

The Vatican also announced that on April 21 the Pope appointed Joseph F. Naumann to be Apostolic Administrator "sede vacante" of the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph (United States). Until a new bishop is appointed, Naumann will oversee the diocese. He is currently the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas.
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Kansas Bishop Robert Finn resigns years after conviction
April 21, 2015. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of American Bishop, Robert W. Finn. In 2012 the Kansas Bishop was convicting of not reporting a diocesan priest to police. The priest had a series of pornographic material in his computer. 

He is the first American Bishop to resign for not acting swiftly in dealing with cases of sexual abuse. 

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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.”

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 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.

What did St. Anthony of Padua look like? 3D Technology gives us a glimpse

2014-06-11

This is what a group of scientists and designers started off with: They only had a digital copy of a skull. Their goal was to reconstruct the face of St. Anthony of Padua, just in time for his Feast Day on June 13th.  

It was a team effort that included the University of Padua's Anthropology Museum, the Antoniani Studies Center and a 3D tech group. Time was needed, but also patience and precision. 

Also known as St. Anthony of Lisbon, the Portuguese Franciscan friar spent the last two years of his life in Italy. He died in 1231 at the early age of 35. Known for his powerful preaching style and his knowledge of the Scriptures, he had the second fastest canonization in history, just a year after his death. He was then proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1946. 

Worldwide he's called on by faithful to help find lost items. 

So the digital reconstruction of his face, roughly 800 years after his passing, isn't just a matter of curiosity. For many, it's also a matter of devotion. Putting a face to a long and moving history in the life of the Catholic Church, that can be traced even to this day: St. Anthony was a famous disciple of St. Francis of Assisi, the same name chosen by Pope Francis, to honor the late Franciscan friar. 

The reconstruction will be made public from June 12th to the 22nd next to the Basilica of St. Anthony in the city of Padua. 



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