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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.

How much does it take to make a giant flag for the Pope? Brazilian group took on the challenge

2013-08-09

It took over three months to make, and nearly 26,000 square feet of material. In all, a total of 72 parishes, 18 schools and 11 religious groups worked together to make this giant flag with the face of  Pope Francis. It was completed by hundreds of hands and thousands of well wishes. In fact,  three young Brazilians came up with the idea, to welcome the Pope to their country. 

GABRIEL
Flag creator
"We began to think about how we could impress the Pope. Since we work in the arts, we thought, 'Lets create a great work of art that the whole world can take part in, and after, let's take it to different places to actually build it.” 

After much work and effort, they arrived to Brazil's Copacabana Beach during WYD. One of the designers, talked about just how big the flag is. 

ALEXANDRE
Flag creator
"I coordinated the artistic side. The design was made in smaller pieces. 160 by 5 feet, which were sent to several parishes in Rio de Janeiro and surrounding communities.”

And if there's any doubt about the flag's size, the groups Facebook page shows this video of them rolling out the flag inside Brazil's Maracana Stadium. Now, the group is already looking towards the future, and the next goal is to send the huge flag to Pope Francis in Rome. 


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