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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.

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."

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.

Statistics show there are roughly 210,000 Catholic schools all over the world, even in countries where Catholics are a minority. But with secularization on the rise, what exactly makes a Catholic school, Catholic?

Congregation for Catholic Education 
"When a school is Catholic, students and teachers need to understand that Catholic values will be taught there. We respect other religions of course, but it's our right to transmit Christian values.”

As a prelate of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Zenon said, having schools with a clear Catholic identity is a right that should be respected, despite secularization or cultural disagreements. This is one of the points addressed in a new document titled: Educating: Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools. It highlights that having a religious identity is a strength that gives way to inter-religious dialogue.

Congregation for Catholic Education 
"The document shows how having this clear identity as a Catholic school, can be a great way to engage in inter-religious dialogue.”

He adds that dialogue does not mean compromise.

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"There's the notion that says, 'I'll accept you, but only if you leave your identity aside. So in a way you're accepted by that culture, but only because of a 'conditional acceptance.' The loss here is huge. You're being asked to forget about your own identity.”

To keep the dialogue alive, the Congregation for Catholic Education is planning two forums in 2015: One at UNESCO offices in Paris and the other in Rome. The goal will be to look into the role Catholic schools can play in enforcing Christian beliefs and in welcoming inter-religious dialogue.