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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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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).

Pope's General Audience: Don't forget to pray the Beatitudes

2014-08-06

(-ONLY VIDEO-) Pope Francis held his first general audience of August, in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. As part of his catehchesis, the Pope described the Church as the People of God, adding that praying the Beatitudes are an essential part of Christian life. 

EXCERPT OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

In today’s Audience we resume our catechesis on the Church, the People of God.  Prepared for in the Old Testament and established by Christ in the fullness of time, the Church is a new people, founded on a new covenant. 

 The newness brought by Christ does not set aside what went before, but brings it to completion.  In the Scriptures, Saint John the Baptist is a bridge between the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament and their fulfillment in the New. 

John points to Jesus and calls us to follow him in repentance and conversion.  The new law which Jesus gives in the Sermon on the Mount perfects the law given to Moses on Mount Sinai.  In the Beatitudes, Jesus shows us the way in which, with his grace, we can attain authentic happiness. 

 He tells us, in the Gospel of Matthew, that our Christian life will be judged on how we treat him in the least of our brethren.  At the heart of the new covenant is our realization that, in Christ, we are embraced by God’s mercy and compassion, and that our lives must bear witness to his love for all our brothers and sisters.


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