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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.

Benedict XVI seventh-oldest pope in history

2010-07-20

The sixth-oldest pope was John Paul II, living 84 years, 10 months and 15 days.  Benedict XVI would pass John Paul II on February 29, 2012, a leap day.

The oldest pope dating back to 1400 was Pope Leo XIII, who lived to 93 years, 4 months and 18 days.  Benedict XVI will have to live to September 3, 2020 to surpass Leo XIII.

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