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.
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.
New Eparchy and new Exarchate in India
March 26, 2015. The Pope has created the Eparchy of St. John Chrysostom in Gurgaon of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He has also appointed its first bishop, Jacob Barnabas Aerath. Additionally, Pope Francis created the new Apostolic Exarchate of St. Ephrem of Khadki of the Syro-Malankara Church (India). He appointed the first Exarch, Bishop Thomas Mar Anthonios Valiyavilayil.
The Patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity, now has a presence in the Vatican Gardens. The process has been in the making for years. Back in 2008, Cuban Bishops gave the image to Benedict XVI during their 'ad limina' visit.
It's a replica of an image that was placed in a chapel in Bahia de Nipe, Cuba back in the 50's.
The Pope announced that it now be part of the Vatican Gardens.
"We will be placing an image of Our Lady of Charity in the Vatican Gardens. The Patroness of Cuba.”
The history of Our Lady of Charity, dates back to 1684. According to tradition, three fishermen, survived a storm and randomly found an image of Our Lady of Charity, in their fish nets.
On May 10th, 1916, Benedict XV named her the patroness of the island. Then in 2012, Benedict XVI visited her Sanctuary during his visit to Cuba.
Now in addition to Our Lady of Charity, the Vatican Gardens also has an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as the patroness of Mexico and of the Americas.
Her statue was placed in the Vatican Gardens back in May 1992, during John Paul II's pontificate.
There's also an image of Our Lady of Suyapa, the patroness of Honduras. Her image was placed in the Gardens back on September 2013.