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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.

Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani turns 80. The number of cardinal electors drops to 115.


Cardinal Sebastiani has been responsible for handling delicate diplomatic work as nuncio in Madagascar and Turkey, especially in matters with Islam.

In 1997, John Paul II asked him to take charge of the Prefecture of Economic Affairs for the Holy See, which publishes the accounts of the Vatican every year. He held this position until 2008, when he turned 78.