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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.

Benedict XVI receives ashes during his last ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica


In previous years, Ash Wednesday took place at the Basilica of Saint Sabina in Rome. However, after the Pope's resignation announcement, the Vatican decided to move it to St. Peter's Basilica so that a larger number of people could attend the ceremony. 

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