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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.
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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.”
Pope Francis

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.

St. Francis Feast Day October 4th

2009-10-02

St. Francis who founded the Franciscan Order, is the patron saint for animals, the environment and Italy.

He was born in the town of Assisi in Central Italy in the year 1181.

Both Pope’s John Paul II and Benedict XVI have visited his tombstone which sits at the Basilica of St. Francesco of Assisi’. Francesco was the name his father gave him when he was baptized.

In his early adult life, Francesco spent time in the military also as a beggar on the streets, but eventually a serious illness lead him to reach out to his faith.

In 1209 he heard a sermon that impacted his life forever. He decided to devote his life to apostolic poverty establishing his own order known today as the Order of Friars Minor.

St. Francis of Assisi died at the age of 45.