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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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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 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.

What is the Rosary?


President, Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum (Rome)

“The Rosary is the contemplation  of the life and work of Jesus Christ, and Mary, as His mother was present through all these moments.”

Early Christians always felt a strong devotion to the Mother of Jesus. Historically, there were three decisive moments.

In the 13th century, St. Dominic, called for people to pray the rosary. As the Dominican order grew, so did the popularity of the rosary. Then in the 16th century, Pius V gave it a defined structure.

President, Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum (Rome)

 “St. Pius V  composed a structure of 150 Hail Marys. He did this by following 150 Psalms of the Old Testament, with the ten Hail Marys and Our Father.”

It was divided into three mysteries to remember the childhood, passion and resurrection of Jesus, as experienced through the eyes of Mary, his mother. These are  followed by a series of prayers dedicated to Mary.

In 2002, John Paul II added a fourth set of mysteries.

President, Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum (Rome)

“John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries, which narrate moments in the life of Jesus as Messiah and Savior.”

Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI have emphasized the simplicity and depth of this prayer which can help Christians learn more about Mary.