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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 Francis meets with executive director of World Food Program


Pope Francis meets with executive director of World Food Program
Pope Francis met with Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Program. 

The WFP is a voluntarily funded agency that is part of the United Nations. It's in charge of fighting global hunger by providing food to those in need. Founded in 1961, it currently operates in over 70 countries and offers assistance to more than 90 million people.  

The Pope had already addressed the issue of world hunger when he spoke to members of FAO  recently at the Vatican.  However, this is the first private audience Cousin and her collaborators have had with the Pope. The Executive Director was also head of a delegation of WFP that was present during the Pope's inaugural Mass back on March 19th.