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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.”
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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.
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Vatican congratulates Trump and hopes his time in office "can truly be fruitful"

November 9, 2016. While speaking to Vatican Radio, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, congratulated the new president and hoped that his government "can truly be fruitful."

Benedict XVI names Pope Pius XII venerable

2009-12-21

Benedict XVI delayed naming Pius XII venerable for two years. In regards to those who are opposed to his beatification, Benedict XVI has consulted with various historians before signing the decree.

Representatives from Jewish communities world-wide have asked Benedict XVI to open the Vatican archives regarding Pius XII before his beatification, in order to contextualize his role in World War II.

While some criticize Pius XII for not condemning Hitler explicitly, others maintain that he preferred to avoid unnecessary public statements to keep more Jews from dying.


Before becoming pope, Eugenio Pacelli was the apostolic nuncio in Bavaria.

In 1929, at the age of 53, Pope Pius XI named Pacelli cardinal and returned to Rome as the Vatican secretary of state.

Ten years later, in 1939 he began his pontificate. He proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption. He died at age 82 after one of the longest an most difficult pontificates in history.

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