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.
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).
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.
Thousands of people made it to the Pope's weekly general audience, but two groups stood out the most. A French couple and their six children, who made it to Rome on a donkey and another group that traveled to the Eternal City on a canoe.
"Here in this audience, we have two very brave groups. One of them came here on a canoe from Loreto. Also a French family made it here on donkeys. Congratulations to these two brave groups.”
Afterward the Pope actually got to meet the groups. First up- was the French family and their basic form of transportation. After greetings the kids, the Pope chatted with the family.
"We met you in Argentina, in Buenos Aires.
-Yes, about 15 years ago, when you were a Cardinal.”
-Yes, but back then we didn't have your phone number.”
The donkeys seemed to be both the means of transportation and pets for the kids. The animals were wearing their full gear for the big day.
But things didn't stop there. The couple had another surprise. Their mothers also traveled to Rome to surprise them. The Pope made light of the situation.
-Yes, our mothers.
-You're brave. Not just for coming with the entire clan, but for coming with mothers in law.
The Pope also greeted the group that traveled to Rome in a canoe all the way from Loreto. As a gift, they gave the Pope an image of Our Lady of Loreto, along with a basket full of cards they received as they made their way to Rome.