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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."

Pope set to ordain 13 men as deacons during ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica


On Sunday, May 11, Pope Francis will preside over the ceremony to ordain 13 priests as deacons. The celebration will take place at 9:30 a.m., at St. Peter's Basilica. 

The new deacons come from several countries, including Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Vietnam and Pakistan. The priests are between 27 and 42 years old.

The ordination ceremony has become a part of tradition at the Vatican. It started with John Paul II in 1993, and takes place each year, on the fourth Sunday of Easter, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.