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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.

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 shows own spirituality in doing away with material things


Superior General, Society of Jesus
"I think we're already seeing signs. For example, we see him leaving behind some things during his affirmations as Pope. On Holy Thursday, he told priests that a shepherd should smell of sheep. It's a great image which speaks to the pastoral mission of clergy, be it bishops or priests.”

The superior general for the Jesuits considers that the election of a Jesuit Pope won't have any repercussions on the Society's members.

Superior General, Society of Jesus
"It's very clear to us, nothing has changed, nothing. The Pope is the person the cardinals chose among themselves because they think he can lead the Church. So we obey and work with him with the same intensity as we had with other Popes.”

Even though the vow of poverty has always been a basic tenet for Jesuits, Adolfo Nicolás considers that at this time, this idea has gained importance within the Church.

Superior General, Society of Jesus
"That Cardinal Hummes told the Pope the same thing, means that it's part of the Church now. And that'good thing. It's good because St. Paul mentioned it in one of his letters: very well, we have to move with freedom because we are free with Christ, but we must never forget about the poor. He said this was one of the signs of being a Christian.”

Since Pope Francis election, there have been many questions about possible changes within the Holy See. But the general superior explained that St. Ignatius' spirituality can lead them on another path.

Superior General, Society of Jesus
"If people don't change, it doesn't matter how much the system changes. We will still have injustice, oppression, violence, all the problems that we've seen up to today. And the experience from the 20th Century backs this up. In other words, the systems have changed, we've had alternative systems, but we have not reduced injustice or violence. On the contrary, it seems it's on the rise.”

The election of Pope Francis brings the Society of Jesus into new territory in its five hundred year history. But it also contributes an original style, and up until today, had never been seen.