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.
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.
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.
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.
Father Alvaro Corcuera passed away in Mexico at the age of 57. He was the first person to succeed disgraced founder Marcial Maciel, to lead the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi. As its leader, Corcuera experienced first hand the turmoil and scandal after Maciel's double life came to light.
In 2009, Rome Reports interviewed him in Rome, as the institution ordained 38 deacons. The Church celebrated the Year of the Priest, and Fr. Corcuera asked for prayers for them.
FR. ALVARO CORCUERA
"Us priests, we are not angels. We are men that also have our own daily struggles. We go through joys, suffering, and even our falls. But, we get up, needing lots of prayers.”
Alvaro Corcuera was born in Mexico in 1957. He became a consecrated laymember of Regnum Christi in 1975. Four years later, he prepared to take his vows, and was ordained a priest in 1985. Twenty years later, he was elected as general director of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi.
An October 2012, Corcuera obtained a leave of absence from Card. Velasio de Paolis, the pontifical delegate to the Legionaries of Christ.
Just four months later, doctors diagnosed him with a malign brain tumor. Even as he fought against the cancer, Corcuera attended the institution's General Chapter that took place this past January in Rome.