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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.

Vatican releases new numbers on Catholics in Spain since Pope's last visit


They released a similar report on Spain prior to his trip to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona last November. The new numbers compared to that trip show the number of Catholics decreasing in some areas while gaining traction in others.

For example, the number of priests and religious lost hundreds of members. There are also less Catholic institutions such as hospitals and clinics but an increase in the number of elderly homes. And the number of Spanish bishops went from 124 to 126.

Also more than 200 parishes were added, giving Spain a total of 22,890 for the estimated 42 and a half million Spanish Catholics.