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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.
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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."
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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.

What is fasting?

2013-09-06

Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. This call was well received among other religious traditions, some of which will join the Catholics in this particular day of fasting. 

Throughout human history, thousands of people have fasted for political, civil, religious and medical reasons. Even Gandhi said that fasting was as old as Adam. Other relevant people who have fasted are Confucius, Aristotle and Martin Luther King Jr. 

For most religions, fasting means remorse, openness of the soul and prayer. It's a sign of penitence and union as brothers.

For Catholics, fasting means to cut down the main meal of the day, and reduce the others.


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