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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).

Vatican reform back on the agenda for Council of Cardinals

2014-06-30

The Council of Cardinals, the group that advises the Pope on Church governance and Curia reform, will begin their fifth meeting at the Vatican on Tuesday.

The eight cardinals and the Pope will likely be joined by Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. They will meet for four days at Casa Santa Marta, until Friday, July 4th.

This time around, the Council will have the Vatican Bank's 2014 annual report at their disposal, released in mid-May. The report also included information on the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA). 

Italian and Vatican media reports have also hinted at a possible overhaul of the communications departments. They suggest that the Council could consolidate the Vatican's media groups, including their radio, television and newspaper, under one structure.

This move would not be unusual. Following their December session, the Pope announced the creation of a Commission for the Protection of Minors, to address sex abuse and help victims. In their next meeting, in February, he established the Secretariat of the Economy, under the leadership of G8 member Card. George Pell.

In their previous meetings, the G8 completed their reviews of the Vatican congregations and the pontifical councils. They also heard from the president of the Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structures of the Holy See

Despite these efforts, the Council of Cardinals ruled out the possibility of completing their work by year's end. Instead, the Vatican said they should wrap up sometime in 2015.  


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