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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.

Catholic 'Oscars' announce their nominees

2014-06-21

The International Catholic Film Festival 'Mirabile Dictu' announced last week the movies shortlisted fir its top award, the Silver Fish.

Among the nominees is the French production "The Apostle.” It tells the story of a Muslim called to be an imam, who finds Christ. The American production 'The Letters,' a biopic on the life of Mother Teresa, is also in running.

Spanish film 'A Forbidden God,' is among the favorites in the competition, known as the Catholic 'Oscars.'

LIANA MARABINI
President, Mirabile Dictu Film Festival
"There's another beautiful film, very beautiful film that is called 'Un Dios Prohibido'. Wonderful film. It is also in final competition for best film and best leading actor.”

Set in the early days of the Spanish Civil War, it tells the martyrdom of 51 religious, most of them seminarians.
Organizers believe that the Mirabile Dictu Film Festival, now in its fifth edition, gets more quality and recognition every year.

MSGR. FRANCO PERAZZOLO
Pontifical Council for Culture
"This year's edition is about maturity... We have to take a stand for quality, and we hope to do it right. The movies nominated in this edition should also give a push to the kind of cinema that we want to promote.”

Overall, more than 1,600 movies from 120 countries sent in entries in the competition.

On June 26 the jury will announce which one gets the prized and characteristic award of the festival, the Silver Fish.


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