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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."

Pope heads toward Lebanon amid Mid-East Turmoil


All of these recent developments come on top of expectations as to how the pope would handle visiting a country that was next door to the ongoing civil war in Syria. Currently, Lebanon is handling a wave of tens of thousands of refugees. At its current rate, it's expected some 40,000 Syrian refugees will be in Lebanon by December. 

In addition to these realities, Benedict XVI will be delivering his Apostolic Exhortation on the Middle East, a document that will address the situation of Christians in the region.