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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Preparations are underway for Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines, which takes place from January 15th-19th, 2015. This week, the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines published the official website of the visit.
The site features a countdown clock that counts down the days until the Pope's arrival. The official logo of the visit as well as its theme, "Mercy and Compassion” is also shown, alongside a picture of Francis.
Further down, six children from areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan welcome the Pope with handwritten drawings. During his visit, Francis will visit the areas devastated by the tragic storm.
The website (http://papalvisit.ph/) has also published the official song for the visit entitled "We Are All God's Children,” which includes a choreographed routine.
The site also features the official prayer, which will be prayed in every Mass celebrated in the country from August 1st, 2014 until January 14th, 2015. It also highlights John Paul II's historic visit to the country in 1995. The World Youth Day in Manila, celebrated that same year, was the largest in its history, with 5 million people in attendance.
More info: http://papalvisit.ph/