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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.
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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.

Pope Francis sets the canonization date to declare six new saints

2014-06-12

Pope Francis approved the canonization of six blesseds during a Public Ordinary Consistory at the Apostolic Palace. The six blesseds will be declared saints on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

The list of soon-to-be saints includes Ludovico de Casoria, an Italian Franciscan friar born in Casoria in 1814. After teaching Philosophy and Mathematics for 20 years, he decided to spend his life rescuing children sold as slaves in Africa.

Indian priest Kurioakose Elias Chavara will also be canonized. He founded the Congregation of the Carmelites of the Mary Immaculate. He and Carmelite nun Euphrasia Eluvanttihal will become the third and fourth saints from the Syro Malabara Catholic Church.

The list also includes three other Italians: Giovanni Antonio Farina, Nicola da Longobardi and Amato Ronconi.

After Card. Angelo Amato, prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints read their names aloud, Pope Francis approved their canonization in Latin.


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