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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.

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."

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 calls for peace in Venezuela and dialogue 'based on truth'



"I follow closely what is happening in Venezuela. The accompanied with deep concern, with intense prayer and hoping they find and they are just and peaceful way to overcome serious difficulties when the country is going through. I invite the dear people of Venezuela, and in particular how institutional and policy makers to reject strongly any violence and establish a dialogue based on truth, mutual recognition and the common good and the love of nation.” 

Soon after the Pope's statement, both President-elect Nicolas Maduro, and the opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, thanked the Pope's words. 

Declared winner Maduro sent out this message on Twitter: 

"I agree Pope Francis. I am concerned about intolerance, hatred and violence that generated dead and wounded. With you, Pope, we invoke Christ the Redeemer and St. Francis of Assisi to, with your blessings, protect the people and make peace. Peace.” 

Henrique Capriles, leader of the opposition party, said that he would only recognize Maduro's election after a recount. He also responded to the Pope through social networks. 

"Millions of thanks to Pope Francis for his mention of our Venezuela and the search for solutions on the basis of truth.” 

Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge Urosa thanked the Pope for prayers for Venezuela and stated that "the episcopal conference is willing to serve as a mediator to promote dialogue.”