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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.

Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga: Member and coordinator of the Pope's 'G8' Commission


Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will oversee the commission of eight Cardinals that will advise the Pope on reforming the Curia and the governance of the Church.  The Honduran prelate has years of experience, especially when it comes to governance. John Paul II made him Cardinal in 2001, which is the same day Bergoglio was made a Cardinal. 

He worked with the Pope hand in hand many times throughout Latin America. They would see each other during the conferences for the Latin American bishops, and they worked closely when they drafted the so called Aparecida Document in 2007. The Pope continues using this text now. He often gives a copy to each Latin American leader he meets with in Rome.

The task of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga will be to coordinate the group's work, which will revolve around the concerns cardinals raised during the private meetings they held just days before the conclave. It was during those 'general congregation' meetings that the idea to have a reform commission was first raised. 

Pope Francis himself has acknowledged that it was during those general congregation meetings, that cardinals asked for a commission to reform the Roman Curia and the governance of the Church.