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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.

New president elected to U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


Archbishop Dolan succeeds Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago as the new president.  He was elected by 128 votes to the 111 that were received for Gerald Kicanas, Archbishop of Tucson, Arizona and until then vice president of the Episcopal Conference.

Until now the presidency has always fallen on the vice president of the Conference, a position that is now occupied by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky.

The new president and vice president will lead the Conference for three years.