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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.

King of Lesotho gives Pope three African tapestries


The king of Lesotho, Letsie III is the first African monarch to visit Pope Francis. He was welcomed to the Vatican, along with his wife, Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso. 

During their brief meeting, they talked about the importance of religious freedom. They also discussed issues like education and health care

As a gift, the king gave the Pope three tapestries from his land. 

-"They are from Lesotho. I hope you can find a suitable place in the Vatican.” 
-"Yes, they will have a good place here.” 

Pope Francis gave the royal couple rosaries and a medal from his pontificate. As usual, he asked for their prayers.