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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.

Pope will celebrate public Mass nearly every Sunday in April and May

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On April 21, he returns to St. Peter's Basilica for a 9:30AM service, where he will ordain several priests. The following Sunday at St. Peter's Square, during a 10AM Mass he will confirm a group of young Catholics. 


For the month of May, the major liturgical celebrations will all take place at St. Peter's Square. 

His only planned event outside the Vatican is a rosary service at 6PM on Saturday, May 4 at the Basilica of St. Mary Major. The next day, on May 5, he will officiate a Mass at 10AM for confraternities, organizations of Catholic lay people. 

Sunday, May 12 will be one of the biggest events in his first months of his pontificate. Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass at 9:30AM, where he will canonize over 800 saints, including the first Colombian saint, Mother Laura, and Mexican nun Mother Lupita. 

His liturgical schedule will close off with the Pentecost celebrations. On Saturday, May 18, Pope Francis will lead the Pentecost Vigil with ecclesiastical movements at 6PM at the Square. The next day, on Sunday, the Pentecost Mass will take place at 10AM, also at St. Peter's Square. 


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