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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.

Third Anniversary of Chiara Lubich's departure, Founder of Focolare Movement


Although her family fled to the mountains, she decided to stay in town to help victims cope with the terrible consequences of the war. She worked to bring unity and brotherhood to all people, which became the charism she promoted the rest of her life.

In 1991 in Brazil, impacted by the social conflict and misery of the “favelas,” Chiara launched the “Economy of Communion,” a project based on solidarity in which a portion of the proceeds is given to the poor. Currently, there are 700 companies that follow this philosophy.

From 1997 to 1998, Chiara worked especially hard to promote interfaith dialogue. She was invited to speak during this time about her charism to 800 Buddhist monks in Thailand, in New York to 3,000 Muslims at a Harlem mosque, and in Buenos Aires to a Jewish community. 

Chiara Lubich died on March 14, 2008, in Rocca di Papa, near Rome. Today, the Focolare Movement has 140,000 members and has over 2 million friends in 182 countries.