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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.

Pope asks Catholic politicians to act "in a manner coherent with the teaching of the Church"


The pope took advantage of the gathering to ask the Catholic laity to participate in politics. An indirect way of reminding priests they should stay out of this area.

Benedict XVI
“It is up to the lay faithful to show - in their personal and family life, in social cultural and political life - that the faith enables them to read reality in a new and profound way, and to transform it.”

The Pontifical Council for the Laity is the Vatican department in charge of promoting the role of Catholics who are not priests or religious. Among members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity are fathers and mothers of families and professionals of every kind.