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Raúl Castro to meet with Pope
May 6, 2015. Cuban President Raúl Castro will meet privately with Pope Francis on Sunday morning, May 10. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi  said, "President Raúl Castro has publicly thanked the Pope for his role in fostering the rapprochement between Cuba and the United States of America."
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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).

Syria's risks losing more of its renown heritage to the civil war

2014-07-18

A violent conflict like the Syrian Civil War has many casualties. The death toll surpassed a staggering 170,000, while millions of people are refugees. But in addition to human suffering, there's another aspect under increasing assault.

DANIELA PORRO
Artistic Historic Patrimony (Rome)
"There is a lack of attention to an issue that is becoming very serious: the extraordinary, thousand-year-old cultural patrimony in Syria. A large part has been damaged, and risks total destruction.”

An exhibit in Rome titled "Syria: splendor and drama,” summarizes the country's history through its cultural patrimony. A series of photos, videos and artifacts provide glimpses into the Syria before and after the conflict.

DANIELA PORRO
Artistic Historic Patrimony (Rome)
"The exhibit tells this history through these 27 works of art, especially antique sculptures, that, for political and diplomatic purposes, come from Italian museums. We also have important works on loan from the Vatican Museums, especially funerary portraits.”

Organizers said that "when people die, archeological and cultural goods take on a lessened significance.” But, they added that this was no reason to ignore the destruction of one of the most prized patrimonies around the world.

DANIELA PORRO
Artistic Historic Patrimony (Rome)
"This exhibit aims to call attention so that this extraordinary cultural patrimony can be saved.”

The exhibit is open to the public until August, and is free. It's been so successful, so far, that organizers are looking into the possibility of taking it on the road to other Italian cities, and even throughout Europe.


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