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Vatican establishes diplomatic relations with Mauritania

December 9, 2016. The Vatican will establish diplomatic relations with Mauritania. This African country is an Islamic Republic extremely hostile towards Christians.

Vatican launches new website for the Protection of Minors from sex abuse

December 6, 2016. The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) has launched a website to provide the public with information about their mission: "the effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development.”
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These are the names of the 17 new cardinals the pope appointed at the consistory

November 19, 2016. 13 of them are under the age of 80, and thus able to vote in a hypothetical conclave, and four of them are non-electors.

A Lion At The Vatican


At the end of the general audience, performers from the Medrano Circus of Italy brought a lion cub before him.

The performers did some of their juggling tricks, but they developed a case of stage fright while performing for the Pope and their act did not go as well as planned.

Regardless, the Pope expressed his appreciation for their performance with smiles and great applause.