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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 welcomes leader of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


Pope Francis welcomed the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the leading group in charge of enforcing the worldwide ban on the use of chemical weapons.

The audience between the Pope and Ahmet Üzümcü, from Turkey, lasted a few minutes. The two leaders briefly spoke about the organization's goals. They then exchanged gifts.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was established in 1997, when the treaty from the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into effect. Syria will become the newest member when it ratifies the treaty, leaving only four other countries to sign it: Angola, Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan.