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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.
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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."

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, warrior for peace in the Middle East

2013-02-26

He is known for his conciliatory tone and his desire for peace. On the release of an offensive video of the prophet Mohammed, spurring mass protests violence against American embassies, the cardinal asked the UN to condemn insults to religion. He said the video was not only insulting to Islam, but to all religions.

Bechara Boutros Rai lived in Rome for some time as the director of the Arab transmissions of Vatican Radio. In addition to Arab, he speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian. This next few weeks he will prepare to lead the ceremony for the Way of the Cross for Good Friday at Rome's Colosseum.

His latest effort in search for peace took place during his February 9 trip to Syria. It was the first time a Maronite Patriarch stepped foot on that country, since Lebanon achieved independence on 1943.


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