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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."
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Vatican strongly reacts to episcopal ordinations in China made without pope's permission

November 7, 2016. "In recent weeks, there has been a series of reports regarding some episcopal ordinations conferred without Papal Mandate of priests of the unofficial community of the Catholic Church in Continental China,” explains the Vatican in a letter signed by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke.

The snows of Saint Mary Major

2010-08-05

According to an ancient tradition, on the 5th of August in the year 358, snow covered the Esquiline Hill. The event was foretold in a vision Pope Liberius had of the Virgin Mary, who told him to build a basilica at that place the snow appeared. That marked the origins of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.  

Since that time, every August 5th, the Basilica hosts the celebration of the miracle of the snows.

During the Gloria at the celebration of Mass, a cascade of white flower petals fall in memory of that day when the Esquiline Hill was found to be snow covered, despite the August heat of Rome.

The celebrates marks one of the more unique celebrations in the Eternal City.

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