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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. 
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Appointments
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.
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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. 

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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.

Vatican's Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, to travel to Mexico to discuss immigration

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The Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will travel to Mexico to discuss the wave of massive immigration from Latin American countries to the U.S.  

Officials from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and of course Mexico, will join in to address the issue and to see what can be done to strengthen their international cooperation. 

Mexico's Secretary of Exterior Relations, Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña, will welcome Cardinal Parolin to the forum. Discussion points will include the problems that trigger massive immigration in the first place, the protection of migrants and what protocols should be taken when deported. 

The issue of course isn't new, but recently it has gotten some steam for the rising number of unaccompanied children, most of them from Central America, who've headed north, in the hopes of making it to the United States. 

It's estimated that over the last year, more than 50,000 children have been detained in the U.S alone, for crossing the border illegally.
 
Parolin will also be presented with an 'Aguila Azteca' recognition. It's a high honor, given to foreigners who have promoted social improvements in Mexico.  

The forum will take place on Monday July 14th and on Tuesday, July 15th, Parolin, who speaks Spanish fluently,  is scheduled to celebrate Mass in Mexico City's Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is the most visited Marian shrine in the world, with Mexican Archbishop, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera. 


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