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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.

Scholas Education Project: Sharing information, knowledge and resources

2014-08-22

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio pushed for two educational programs that translate to: "Neighbors School” and "Sisters School.” Both of them were combined to make way for "Scholas” . It's a worldwide network of schools and educational centers promoted by Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. 

BISHOP MARCELO SÁNCHEZ SORONDO 
Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences
"It's something similar to what we've seen. They are Pope Francis' ideas of helping the poorest of the poor. So children who are on the streets, on the sidewalks and who don't have a formation.”

Scholas' mission is to link schools and educational networks around the world. The first point is to improve education, especially in low-income communities. Sporting and artistic projects are also part of the program. 

BISHOP MARCELO SÁNCHEZ SORONDO 
Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences
"Schools help other schools, horizontally. So a school can see if another school has the same project and whether it has more knowledge on the subject. Then it helps the other school that does not have the resources. If they have money, they help with money, if they have educators, they help with information.” 

The project has many special donors, including soccer stars Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon. Both have supported Scholas since it came about in August 2013. 

To raise money, they organized the first Inter-religious Match for Peace, which will take place in Rome on September 1st. 


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