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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."

Swiss Guard: renewal of the world's smallest army


One by one, the Colonel calls them up to take their oath to become a part of the Pope's personal guard. With one hand on the flag of the Swiss Guard and with the other, they raise three fingers, symbolizing their oath before the Holy Trinity.

This year, 35 new Swiss youths will promise before God to defend the Successor of Peter.

Their commitment to the Guard is between two and a maximum of 25 years. Prospective members must be single, Catholic men, under 30 years of age. They must also be Swiss nationals, measure at least 5'8”, and have some higher education.

Their main task is to guard all access points to the Vatican, the security of the Apostolic Palace, and maintain order during the Pope's public appearances.