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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.

Universal Children's Day: Benedict XVI asks for dignity of children to be respected


During his catechesis the pope reflected on the role of cathedrals, the most important artistic creations that came out of the Medieval period.

Benedict XVI
“The two great architectural styles of the Middle Ages demonstrate how beauty is a powerful means to draw us closer to the Mystery of God.”

The pope explained that Romanesque cathedrals are particular because of their solidness and their educational. Gothic cathedrals, on the other hand are much more luminous as they were intended to communicate the desire of finding God.