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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 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.

Saint Teresa of Avila, according to Benedict XVI


“Our catechesis today deals with Saint Teresa of Avila,the great sixteenth-century Carmelite reformer proclaimed a Doctor ofthe Church by Pope Paul VI. Teresa entered the Carmel in Avila at theage of twenty. Maturing in the spiritual life, she embraced the idealof a renewal of her Order and with the support of Saint John of theCross she founded a chain of reformed Carmels throughout Spain. Herhighly influential writings, which include the Autobiography, The Wayof Perfection and The Interior Castle, reveal her profoundchristocentric spirituality and her breadth of human experience.Teresa considered the evangelical and human virtues the basis of anauthentic Christian life. She identified deeply with Christ in hishumanity and stressed the importance of contemplation of his Passionand of his real presence in the Eucharist. Shepresents prayer as an intimate friendship with Christ leading to anever greater union of love with the Blessed Trinity. In her life andin her death Teresa embodied an unconditional love for the Church.May the example and prayers of Saint Teresa of Avila inspire us togreater fidelity to prayer and, through prayer, to greater love forthe Lord and his Church, and more perfect charity towards ourbrothers and sisters."