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.
On his flight back from South Korea, Pope Francis said he was very concerned about the violence in Iraq and the attacks on religious minorities. He even said that if need be, he'd be willing to go there. He specifically talked about stopping the Islamic State.
"It is legitimate to stop the unjust aggressor. I want to underline the verb: stop. I don't say bomb or start a war, but stop! The means by which that happens, need to be evaluated.”
The Pope also added that the intervention must be part of an international consensus and multilateral.
By doing so, the Pope addressed the a Catholic norm known as 'humanitarian intervention.' It was drafted back in the 90's by John Paul II. It describes the stand the Catholic Church takes amid violence, war and continuous death threats.
It goes beyond the traditional method of a state adopting a self defense tactic.
John Paul II coined the phrase 'humanitarian intervention' during the height of the civil war in former Yugoslavia. Back then, the Pope asked the UN repeatedly to intervene in the country to protect religious minorities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Time and time again, he raised his voice and spoke out against the massacres of the innocent.
JOHN PAUL II
December 18th, 1994
"Stop! Stop in the name of Baby Jesus.”
Pope Francis has also been outspoken about all the wars raging on in the world. In particular the violence Islamic militants are carrying out against religious and ethnic minorities.
"All of this deeply offends God and humanity! You cannot hate in the name of God! You cannot engage in war in the name of God.!”
According to this Church norm,'humanitarian intervention' overrides the international principle of non-intervention in foreign states.