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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's resignation, meditated decision


On November 13, 2012 Benedict XVI visited the “Long Live the Elderly” Nursing Home, run by the Community of St. Edigio in Rome. During his brief remarks, he talked openly about his age. 

“I come as Bishop of Rome, but also as an elderly person visiting his peers. I well know the difficulties and limitations of age.” 

The Pope wrote an emotional message for the XXI World Day of the Sick, which is celebrated on February 11, the day he announced his resignation. He asked Christians to see the face of Christ in the sick and that he now feels especially close to each one of them, referring to the sick. 

The World Day of the Sick takes place on the same day as the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Marian apparition widely venerated by Benedict XVI