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.
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.
New Eparchy and new Exarchate in India
March 26, 2015. The Pope has created the Eparchy of St. John Chrysostom in Gurgaon of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He has also appointed its first bishop, Jacob Barnabas Aerath. Additionally, Pope Francis created the new Apostolic Exarchate of St. Ephrem of Khadki of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He appointed the first Exarch, Bishop Thomas Mar Anthonios Valiyavilayil.
The World Cup is in its defining stages, and Argentina is dangerously close to the championship game. It would be the first time in 24 years, and with an Argentine Pope at the Vatican.
Coincidence or not, the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff did not take any chances. She had a very peculiar request for Pope Francis, when she visited him this past February and showered him with gifts.
"With this, should the Pope pray so that Brazil wins the World Cup?”
"If you could pray so that Brazil winds the Cup, I would be so thankful. But, at the very least, remain neutral.”
The Pope picked up the message loud and clear. Several weeks later, in March, he shared his memory of this meeting with a group of Argentinians.
"Not too long ago, I stood here, at the Vatican, with a very important official from Brazil. That person told me they stopped on their way, I don't know where to, but had wanted to greet me. That person wanted to ask me a favor, and told me: 'Only one word: neutralidade. Because the cup is ours.'”
Despite this requests, many argue this neutrality never developed. On the contrary. They question why Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemiali's headshot hit the goal post, instead of going in.
It wouldn't the first time since his election that a team the Pope supports comes out on top. Case and point, San Lorenzo of Almagro. In December, the team won the country's first division championship. Three days later, they traveled to Rome to give the Pope the trophy.
Argentina's national rugby team also visited Pope Francis in November 2013. Up until then, they lost eight consecutive matches. But after their visit, their luck turned around.