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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.

Pope meets with ambassadors on religious freedom

2011-01-11

Benedict XVI
“To the authorities of that country and to the Muslim religious leaders I renew my heartfelt appeal that their Christian fellow-citizens be able to live in security, continuing to contribute to the society in which they are fully members.”

Benedict XVI asked Chinese authorities to ensure full autonomy for the Church and noted that Catholics in China “live in a time of difficulty and trial.”

The Pope said that religious freedom is not only freedom of worship, but it also guarantees religious communities the freedom to operate in the open. Benedict XVI also addressed his concern over the control of education that takes place in some Latin American countries.

Benedicto XVI
“I exhort all governments to promote educational systems respectful of the primordial right of families to make decisions about the education of their children, systems inspired by the principle of subsidiarity which is basic to the organization of a just society.”

The Pope used Mother Theresa of Calcutta as an example. During the 100th year since her birth, civil and religious authorities joined together to honor her throughout the world.

Benedicto XVI
“People like her show the world the extent to which the commitment born of faith is beneficial to society as a whole.”  

After the close of the event, Benedict XVI urged for a real and effective compromise, in order to ensure respect and religious freedom.

The Vatican maintains diplomatic relations with 178 countries, and even has ambassadors to the European Union, the Order of Malta and a special mission to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Only the United States has diplomatic relations with more countries in the world.

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