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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.”
Pope Francis

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.

Cardinals take vow of secrecy, during their first general congregation meeting


The worldwide media waited for them outside the Vatican, but surrounded by journalists, cameras and microphones, the cardinals didn't say much.

"I don't remember anything. It's all canceled.”

"It was a time for prayer and  meditation.”

"I will speak through my silence.”

"I will not say anything. I'm sorry, goodbye.”

Some cardinals are holding press conferences, to discuss general matters of the Church in general, but no specifics. Today a group of American Cardinals talked about the Conclave and by when they would like to elect the next Pope.

Archbishop of Chicago (USA)

"The only outside limit that's in the back of all our minds is Holy Week. We'd like to be done before Holy Week starts. Have a Pope so we can go back to our diocese. I'm sure all of us are thinking about that.”

Of the 115 cardinals who are eligible to vote in the coming conclave, 103 have arrived, the other 12 are expected to arrive by Monday afternoon or Tuesday.