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.
On the last leg of a one-day trip to the Molise region in central Italy, Pope Francis kicked off the Jubilee to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Celestine V.
As the meeting with townspeople in Isernia began, the Pope greeted the sick and the elderly inside the main cathedral. During the celebration at the main square, he heard about Celestine's simplicity and his historic papacy.
"He would make the friars of his order sell their silver chalices, he sold the silk vestments for liturgical use, or donated them to other churches, so that the friars would in no way surround themselves with valuables.”
"After his election as Pope, he refused to travel with steeds and grooms. Following the example from his Lord, he called for a donkey. Upon hearing this, the cardinals that delighted themselves with beautiful horses and grooms were amazed by his great humility.”
During his remarks, Pope Francis expressed his admiration for Celestine V's mercy, comparing his compassion and dedication to the poor to that of St. Francis of Assisi. As he inaugurated the Celestinian Jubilee Year, he invoked mercy for all the participants.
"It is not an escape, is not an evasion from reality and its problems. It is the answer that comes from the Gospel: love as a force of purification of consciences, strength to renew social relations, strength to devise a diverse economy, which focuses on the person, work, the family family, rather than money and profits.”
The Pope called on participants to carry on "works of mercy” in order to live out the Jubilee Year and to honor Celestine V's legacy.
For most people, the hermit pontiff is best known for confirming a Pope's right to resign, and doing so five months after his election. Benedict XVI followed his example nearly 700 years later.