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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).

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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. 
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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.
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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.
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New bishop in Ecuador
March 24, 2015. Pope Francis appointed Victor Bertram Wick Enzler to be bishop of Santo Domingo (Ecuador). Until now, he served as auxiliary bishop of Guayaquil, also in Ecuador.
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Pope accepts the resignation of Cardinal O'Brien
March 20, 2015. The Pope has accepted the resignation of "the rights and prerogatives of the cardinal" from Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of Edinburgh.

The Vatican's 'cricket' team gets ready to play against London's Anglican team

2014-07-13

Sports are universal. They have the ability to motivate and inspire unparalleled excitement. Over the past year, time and time again,  the Pope has highlighted  the spiritual dimension of athletics. 

POPE FRANCIS
June 7th
"It's beautiful when a parish has a sports team. If it doesn't have one, something is off. If there's no sports team, there's something missing.” 

Sports and athletics are also part of the Vatican. In 2013, its Cricket Team was born. It's not that popular in Europe, but it's very popular in Asia. 

Now, sports and religion are joining forces for a good cause. In September the Vatican's Cricket team will play against its counterpart in London, the Anglican team

MSGR. MELCHOR SÁNCHEZ DE TOCA
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Culture
"It's a way to promote ecumenism through sports, by highlighting the common roots between the Church of Rome and the Church of England. Along with the Archbishop of Canterbury, we agreed that all proceeds will promote projects we both work in, like fighting against human trafficking and modern slavery.” 

Before this match, the Vatican will have two other games, one against a team of journalists and the other against Britain's Royal Household, which represents Queen Elizabeth. 

The Vatican's team includes priests and seminarians studying in Rome. It's not an official league, but the team plays in friendly matches. 

MSGR. MELCHOR SÁNCHEZ DE TOCA
Secretary, Pontifical Council for Culture
"Several English teams that visit Italy, have asked to play a friendly game against our team. We welcome it and we hope it continues.” 

In the future, once the Vatican team is more established, it hopes to play against other teams of different religions. It's a basic and friendly way to promote inter-religious dialogue, where the starting rule is simply to have fun and play fair.  


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