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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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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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Pope Francis on Rome's candidacy for the 2024 Olympics: I won't be here, eh?

2014-12-19

The Italian government announced that Rome is in the run to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Pope Francis met with a delegation of Italian athletes and wished them good luck. 

POPE FRANCIS
"2024...I won't be here, huh?”

Italy's National Olympic Committee was celebrating at the Vatican its first century of history.

GIOVANNI MALAGÒ
President, Italian National Olympic Committee
"Here you can see some Olympic and Paralympic champions who have won thanks to their hard work and spirit of sacrifice.”

In his address, the Pope explained that sport promotes education and fraternity. He highlighted that sometimes sport is not about winning, but rather about learning to loose.

POPE FRANCIS
"It gives us a challenge to which we are called, and not just athletes: accepting the hardship and  sacrifice needed to achieve important goals in life, as well as accepting one's limitations without being paralyzed by them, and eventually overcome them.”

After his address, the Pope greeted some Paralympic athletes in a very warm way. Before leaving, Pope Francis encouraged all schools to promote sports, as he asked that it may be accessible for all, even for the weakest.


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