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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.

Papal Appointments


June 11, 2014. Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Msgr. Frederico Heimler as the bishop of Cruz Alta (Brazil), and of Msgr. Santiago María García de la Rasilla Domínguez as the apostolic vicar of San Francisco Javier (Peru). The Pope appointed Fr. Gilberto Alfredo Vizcarra Mori as the new apostolic vicar.