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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.

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."

Vatican approves a financial review after critical report


Head of Vatican delegation to Moneyval

"For the Holy See, this process is first and foremost moral rather than a technical commitment.”

The Vatican passed 9 out of 16 benchmarks, which Moneyval said were fundamental to consider a State is acting in accordance with international standards.

Head of Vatican delegation to Moneyval

"The criminal law is significantly improved, by providing a comprehensive definition of money laundering, and an array of predicate crimes in line with the international standards, as well as to freeze and confiscate the proceeds of money laundering, and the fighting of terrorism activity has been strengthened.”

The report highlights the long road that the Vatican has traveled in a very short time, but there are still seven areas that should be strengthened.

Head of Vatican delegation to Moneyval

"There are some concerns expressed in the report regarding the use of an IOU to establish the basis for international cooperation between financial intelligence units. We feel that the adoption of this requirement, which is in line with international standards, represents the right approach for the Vatican, which has a smaller jurisdiction.”

Among these areas for improvement is a stated "lack of clarity in the mission, the competence, the powers and independence” of Vatican financial police, a body created in 2010 with the aim of ensuring the Vatican Bank respects international rules.

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"The report notes that the original structure of a financial intelligence authority which combines  the financial intelligence unit function and the regulatory functions of a supervisor, appear to create difficulties.”

As a solution, Moneyval strongly recommends appointing an independent supervisor. After the report, both the European Commission and the Vatican's representative, Ettore Balestrero, say the new measures are a step in the right direction but certainly not the last.