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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.
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Vatican congratulates Trump and hopes his time in office "can truly be fruitful"

November 9, 2016. While speaking to Vatican Radio, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, congratulated the new president and hoped that his government "can truly be fruitful."
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Vatican strongly reacts to episcopal ordinations in China made without pope's permission

November 7, 2016. "In recent weeks, there has been a series of reports regarding some episcopal ordinations conferred without Papal Mandate of priests of the unofficial community of the Catholic Church in Continental China,” explains the Vatican in a letter signed by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke.

Benedict XVI receives new Ambassador of Spain to the Vatican

2012-06-18

His predecessor, Maria Jesús Figa presented her credentials just days before the beatification of John Paul II and accompanied the Spanish Princes to the ceremony.

Her time as ambassador was short but very intense, with Benedict XVI visiting Spain for World Youth Day in Madrid that was attended by nearly two million people.

The new ambassador, 54 year old Eduardo Gutiérrez graduated with a law degree and has served as a diplomat since 1985, working in Sudan, Uruguay and Mexico.

He has recently collaborated with Spain's Popular Party working in international politics.
During these seven years of Benedict XVI's pontificate, there have been four Spanish ambassadors: Jorge Dezcallar, Francisco Vázquez, Maria Jesus Figa and now Eduardo Gutiérrez.

The embassy of Spain to the Vatican is the oldest permanent diplomatic mission in the world. It was first opened in the year 1480 with Gonzalo de Beteta serving as its first ambassador. Over the years others have included intellectuals like Garcilaso de la Vega and military officers such as Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, known as the "Great Captain”.

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