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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' personality helping improve communication within Church


He has been on the job for six months, but Pope Francis has become a media sensation. His messages and acts are widely publicized. One look at his Twitter accounts will show nearly nine million followers.   

Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications 
"We're very pleased that in Twitter Pope Francis has a very significant following. Even more pleasing for us is that the people who follow Pope Francis take his words and share them with others. So there's a very high and significant rise of re-tweeting his messages. Which means: the simple messages of the Pope, of love, of care, of concern, he is sharing with his followers are in turn brought into a wider public because they're able to share them.” 

Since Francis took on the reins of the Church, interest in the Vatican's activities has gone up. This means that the people in charge of communications within the Vatican have their work cut out for them. 

Secretary, Pontifical Council for Social Communications 
"It's much more to understand that communication today happens in a network way. It's interactive, it's participative. People share, people follow, people like or don't like. And the challenge for the Church is: what does it mean for the Church to begin thinking in our communications in the context of the network?” 

The Plenary Assembly for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications is currently underway. Participants from around the world will debate, analyze and exchange their thoughts on the world of communications. On Saturday, the Pope will welcome them inside the Vatican.