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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.

Pope Francis meets with the head of the Government of Andorra


Pope Francis met this morning with the head of the Government of Andorra, Antonio Martí, in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Martí was accompanied by his family. 

The meeting lasted 25 minutes, touching upon several social areas. The Vatican stated that the meeting was "cordial” and that it confirmed the "traditionally good relations” between the two states. 

A touching moment of the meeting took place when the wife of the head of state greeted the Pope.

"I am a believer and before coming here I prayed for you.”

The Principality of Andorra and the Vatican signed an agreement in 2008 that regulates relations between the Church and the government.