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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.

Pope meets with families of piracy victims


"I pray for their families to be strong in faith and to not lose hope in meeting soon with their loved ones". 

After the Angelus, the Pope met privately with some of the familymembers of those who are being held captive by pirates.

Currently there are more than 800 hostages. Last year there was arecord high of 445 attacks, 53 ships were held hostage and 1181sailors were kidnapped.

Modern piracy has become so serious, the Pontifical Council for thePastoral Care of Migrants will hold a conference to analyze the issuein 2012.

In the Angelus, the Pope also talked about the feast of St. Benedict,patron saint of Europe. The Pope said that saint in particular, is agreat example of how one should listen to the Gospel.

"Wemust learn from the great patriarch of western monasticism to giveGod His rightful place-the first place. Offering prayer in themorning, afternoon and even in daily activities.”

Benedict XVI noted that all Christians must learn from this saint, bychoosing God above everything else.