Pope Francis names French cardinal as new Camerlengo
December 20, 2014. Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran is the new Camerlengo of the Roman Catholic Church. So he replaces cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (80).
Tauran will take care of the property and revenues of the Holy See during a sede vacante.
December 12, 2014. Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Vicente Jimenez Zamora as the new Archbishop of Zaragoza, Spain. Up until now, he served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Santander. In Ecuador, Fr. Adelio Pasqualotto has been nominated as the new Vicariate Apostolic of Napo. Pope Francis also appointed Rev. Fr. Pietro Bovati, as the new Secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
Vatican releases new questionnaire on the Synod on the Family
December 9, 2014. The Vatican has published a new questionnaire containing 46 questions pertaining to the family and the modern day challenges it faces. It’s meant to be a further reflection for the second phase of the Synod on the Family, which will take place in October 2015. The questions are divided in three sections. In the following days, it will be distributed to many groups, including Episcopal Conferences, Eastern Church and Curia Departments.
The Jesuits to start new General Congregation on October 2016
December 9, 2014. The General Superior of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, has called a new General Congregation. This assembly, which will include representatives from all over the world, will start on October 2, 2016. In a letter, Fr. Pachon called on all Jesuits to take part in this "serious process of spiritual discernment" on which the future and mission of the Society relies.
New Archbishop of Kenya
December 9, 2014. Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Martin Musonde Kivuva as new Archbishop of Mombasa (Kenya). He previously served as bishop of the diocese of Machakos (Kenya).
Also, Adolfo Ramon Canecin was appointed coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Goya (Argentina).
Community of Sant'Egidio reelects its president
December 9, 2014. Marco Impagliazzo has been reelected as president of the Community of Sant'Egidio by an assembly of 220 delegates from around the world.
Colombian bishop, resigns
December 1, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Luis Alberto Parra Mora, Bishop of Mocoa-Sibundoy (Colombia). He is 70 years old.
First message of Pope Francis in Turkey
November 28, 2014. Pope Francis signed the so-called Golden Book at Ataturk's Mausoleum in Ankara. There he wrote this message: "I express my sincerest good wishes so that Turkey, the natural bridge between two Continents, may not only be a crossroad, but also a place of encounter, dialogue and peaceful coexistence among men and women of good will of every culture, ethnicity and religion."
Pope on Haiti
November 25, 2014. Five years have passed since the deadly earthquake devastated the island of Haiti. In light of this anniversary, Pope Francis has called for a Vatican meeting to take place. The goal is for the Church to look into what can be done to help out victims and the country as it tries to re-build itself.
Cardinal Robert Sarah, new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
November 24, 2014. Pope Francis has named Cardinal Robert Sarah as new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Up until recently, he served as the President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
Sarah, 69, a native of Conakry, Guinea, also held a prominent role in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
He is taking over the post previously held by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, who was recently named Archbishop of Valencia, Spain.
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.