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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.

Life of an Iraqi displaced by violence: More difficult than sickness or death

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As the fighting in Iraq continues, so does the number of innocent civilians fleeing the conflict. According to the United Nations, since June, some 300,000 Iraqi left Mosul and neighboring cities for the safety of Kurdistan.

Yehya is among them. He was forced to leave his home in Telafar with only the clothes on their backs. He took his wife and four children as soon as the bombs started falling on Mosul.

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Displaced by violence 
"It's a feeling I never experienced before. When I picked up my bag, things and ID ready to leave, I knew there would be no return. If there is, it would be with great difficulty.”

His family is among 5,000 Iraqis taking refuge inside this warehouse outside Erbil. The UN is providing emergency aid to the families. But he doesn't know when they'll be able to leave for one of the cities that has agreed to house them.

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Displaced by violence 
"The feeling of being a refugee is very difficult, more difficult than illness or even death. We haven't been through anything like this before.”

Yehya had the chance to leave Iraq back in 2006 and settle in the United States. He chose to stay, but his dream or rebuilding a new Iraq crumbled piece by piece.

YEHYA
Displaced by violence 
"Conflicts happen in other countries but they get resolved, quickly, because people manage to reach a solution. Here we seem unable to agree.”

A solution to the fighting still seems far off. In the meantime, thousands of Iraqi will continue fleeing a war that has escalated in the past few months. 


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