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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.
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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.

Pope recognizes an additional 95 martyrs from Spain's Civil War

2013-06-04

The group of 95 martyrs include 66 Marist Brothers and two laymen, as well as 17 Benedictines, led by Abel Angel Palazuelos.  A group of five Discalced Carmelites and a diocesan priest. There's also a group of nuns and three Servants of Mary, who served as Ministers to the Sick.

On October 27th, Spain's Episcopal Conference will hold a beatification celebration, towards the end of the Year of Faith.

In addition, the Pope has recognized the heroic virtues of four founders of religious congregations. They include Italian priest, Nicola Mazza, who founded the Institute for Education;

Portuguese Bishop João de Oliveira Matos, founder of the 'Liga dos servos de Jesus'. Also Giulia Crostarosa, the Italian founder of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, and the Spanish Teresa of St. Joseph, founder of the Congregation of Teresian Carmelite Sisters of St. Joseph.

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