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Vatican establishes diplomatic relations with Mauritania

December 9, 2016. The Vatican will establish diplomatic relations with Mauritania. This African country is an Islamic Republic extremely hostile towards Christians.

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.

Pope Christmas greeting card unveiled


The artwork was created by Leandro Bassano and shows the adoration of Baby Jesus by the shepherds. The Italian artist from the 16th Century (1557-1622) used a Venetian style for his depiction, showing clear influences from another Italian artist, Tintoretto. 

The Pope's greeting card includes a Latin verse from Psalm 85: Veritas de terra orta est!, "Truth shall spring out of Earth!”