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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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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."

Pope Francis coat of arms as cardinal rooted in humility

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It features three symbols in a triangle shape, over a blue background. The most prominent feature, at the top of the triangle, is the sun with the letters IHS in the middle. The symbol represents the Jesuit order, of which he is a part of.

On the lower left hand side is a five-point star, which along with the blue background, symbolizes the Virgin Mary. On the right hand side, is a grape vine symbolizing Jesus as the grower of the Faith.

Beneath the crest is his motto in Latin which means “Lowly and yet chosen,” referring to a passage from the bible of when Jesus chose Mathew as a disciple. Matthew was a tax collector who left behind earthly riches to preach the Gospel.


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