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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.
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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."
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Vatican strongly reacts to episcopal ordinations in China made without pope's permission

November 7, 2016. "In recent weeks, there has been a series of reports regarding some episcopal ordinations conferred without Papal Mandate of priests of the unofficial community of the Catholic Church in Continental China,” explains the Vatican in a letter signed by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke.

Vatican closes the Sistine Chapel as it prepares for the Conclave

2013-03-05

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"This afternoon we started off some of the preparations in the Sistine Chapel. So from now on, all visits to the Vatican Museums, will be suspended. For the time being, tourists can't visit.”

The College of Cardinals decided to send  Benedict XVI a letter, thanking him for his pontificate. It partly reads: Your example has shown us, your generous pastoral concern for the good of the Church and the world. It's signed by the Dean of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, on behalf of the group.

Cardinals decided that on Tuesday and Wednesday there will only be one general congregation meeting and not two. This will give them more time to talk amongst themselves.
On Wednesday afternoon, all Cardinals are invited to St. Peter's Basilica, to pray for the coming conclave and the next Pope.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican spokesman
"Tomorrow afternoon there will be time for prayer in St. Peter's Basilica. It's a time to pray for the cardinals who will participate in the conclave and it's open to anyone who wishes to attend.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, 148 cardinals are in Rome, 110  of them are cardinal electors, so only five are still awaiting arrival. According to the Vatican's spokesperson, they don't all have to be in Rome, for the date of the conclave to be set.


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