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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 opens Augustinians' Chapter General with Mass at St. Augustine Basilica in Rome


Pope Francis celebrated the Mass that kicked off thestart of Chapter General for the Order of St. Augustine, who will elect their prior general for the next six years, and set the agenda for Augustinians in that time.   

The Pope arrived by car to the Basilica of St. Augustine at Campo di Marzio, located at the heart of Rome, near Piazza Navonna. His visit echoes the also historical visit he made several weeks ago to the Church of Jesus, to celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius. This time around, the celebration honors St. Augustine, and Pope Francis joins the Augustinians.