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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.
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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.

Pope's attire robed in history and tradition

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Completing his everyday look are customized red leather shoes, symbolizing the blood of Church's martyrs. Paul VI did away with a gold cross on them, as well as the tradition of having people kiss it when addressing him.

During major services like Christmas or Easter Mass, the Pope dresses in his Sunday best. His long cape, called a chausable, features ornate designs worn for hundreds of years by other Popes.

His mitre, the crown-like hat bishops wear, are also tailor made and symbolizes his authority to teach. John Paul II would often wear simple designs. But in the past few years, Benedict XVI brought back the use more intricate patterns.

The pastoral staff is a symbol of authority for Popes. It signifies his standing as the shepherd of the Church The one Benedict XVI used featured a gold, Greek cross, used by Pius IX in the 1800's.

During his meetings with other heads of state, modern day Popes use red, shoulder length cape known as a mozzetta, which represents his political authority as the leader of the Vatican City State.

Each item, worn for centuries before him, has a story and purpose. But over the years, each Pope has added their own personal touch.


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