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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 Francis on his way to Brazil to lead World Youth Day! Carries his personal briefcase, as he boards plane


Pope Francis is   on his way toBrazil! He arrived to Romes Fiumicino airport   by  helicopter, before departing on the 12 hour flight, at roughly 8: 45 a.m,  Rome time. 

Among the different religious and political leaders who greeted the Pope before his departure, was Italy's prime minister, Enrico Letta. 

The Pope boarded the flight, carrying his personal black briefcase. This trip to  Rio de Janeiro, marks his first international trip as Pontiff. Once in Brazil, he will lead World Youth Day.