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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.

Swiss Cardinal Henri Schwery turns 80, voting cardinals drops to 121


Schwery was ordained a priest on July 7, 1957 at the age of 25. He was created a cardinal in 1991 by Pope John Paul II. He then participated in the conclave that elected Benedict XVI in 2005. He will now join the ranks of non-elector cardinals, elector cardinals now number 121. Now Switzerland will only have one voting cardinal with Kurt Koch, who was elevated to the position in 2010.