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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.

Great Fire ravaged Rome 1950 years ago

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On the night of July 18, in the year 64 A.D., began one of the most devastating events in Imperial Rome. A man-made fire overtook the Eternal City's commercial zone, near Circo Massimo, and quickly spread across several neighborhoods. 

The cause for what is now known as the Great Fire of Rome remains unclear to this day. Historians uncovered contradictory witness accounts. Popular theories blame Emperor Nero, citing a fit of madness. But most historians agree the Emperor likely wasn't in Rome at the time.

Some accounts claim it was an accident. According to others, Nero blamed Christians, in order to justify their persecution.

The Great Fire burned for over six days, before residents were able to bring it under control. The number of victims is unclear, but estimated in the thousands. The blaze also displaced some 200,000 residents. In all, about 4,000 residential buildings and more than 132 villas were destroyed.


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