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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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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.

Germany's president gives Pope a cane, German cookies and his biography


Speaking in their native German, they talked about the financial crisis and the effects it's having not only on the economy, but also in Europe's international relations. They also discussed ways in which the Catholic Church can offer help. 

The Pope seemed at ease during the meeting, smiling and laughing throughout. As a gift, president Gauck gave the Pope his biography and also a wooden cane for his 'summer walks along Castel Gandolfo'. To make him feel at home, the president also gave the Pope, cookies that are popular in Germany during Advent. 

The Pope gave Gauck a tile image of St. Peter's Square and also a printed image of the Vatican.