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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.”
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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.

Brief Biography of Pope Benedict XVI: the life of Joseph Ratzinger

2010-04-16

When he was 12 years old, he entered the Freising Seminary in Munich. But his studies were interrupted when he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps during the last months of World War II.

After the war ended, Joseph returned to the seminary and on June 29, 1951, he was ordained a priest.

He was a professor of theology at universities in Bonn, Munster, Tubingen and Regensburg and participated in the Second Vatican Council as adviser to Cardinal Frings of Cologne.

In 1977 Pablo VI asked Joseph to give up the classroom and named him archbishop of Munich. Months later, he became a cardinal. In 1978, he took part in both conclaves that elected Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II. John Paul II elected him Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and was later named cardinal bishop.

At age 78, he was elected Bishop of Rome by papal conclave on April 19, 2005.

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