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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.

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."

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.

Pope explains the purpose of fasting during Lent


Benedict XVI
"Today theChurch celebrates Ash Wednesday, the beginning of her Lenten journeytowards Easter. The Christian life is itself a constant journey ofconversion and renewal in the company of the Lord.”

ThePope recalled that fasting, alms-giving and prayer help to deepenfaith and commit to living the Gospel.

He noted that fastingis not just to deprive yourself but to leada more moderatelife. Heasked everyoneto give alms and do good deeds for others aswell as stressingthe importance ofpiousand intenseprayersduring Lent.

BenedictXVI also said that Lent is a good time to renew the commitments thatare acquiredin Baptism.

Benedict XVI
Aswe accompany the catechumens preparing for Baptism, we open ourhearts anew to the grace of our rebirth in Christ. This spiritualjourney is traditionally marked by the practice of fasting,almsgiving and prayer.”

Forthe pope,Lent is less abouttheobserved laws and precepts andmore about the person coming closer to Christ.

Amongthe 7,000 peoplein the audience was a Germanband thatdedicated a song for their countryman, Benedict XVI.