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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.
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Vatican congratulates Trump and hopes his time in office "can truly be fruitful"

November 9, 2016. While speaking to Vatican Radio, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, congratulated the new president and hoped that his government "can truly be fruitful."
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Vatican strongly reacts to episcopal ordinations in China made without pope's permission

November 7, 2016. "In recent weeks, there has been a series of reports regarding some episcopal ordinations conferred without Papal Mandate of priests of the unofficial community of the Catholic Church in Continental China,” explains the Vatican in a letter signed by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke.

The Bad and ugly of 2014

2014-12-28

2014 was a year full of ups and downs. And that same rule applies to the Vatican. Here's a quick list of some of the stories that triggered controversy, or that simply broke people's hearts. 

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
First and foremost, it's persecuted Christians in the Middle East. With the rise of ISIS, hundreds of thousands of Christians were forced to leave their homes, or be killed. Pope Francis often expressed his closeness, calling these Christians an inspiration for the rest of the Christian community. 

POPE FRANCIS 
"You are in the heart of the Church. The Church suffers with you and the Church is proud of you. It's proud to have sons and daughters like you.”


NUNCIO TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 
One of the most shocking stories of 2014, was the case of Jozef Wesolowski. A Vatican nuncio or ambassador in the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing minors. The Vatican launched an investigation in 2013. The former Polish Archbishop, was laicized and is still awaiting trial. In September 2014, he was detained inside Vatican walls, where he remains under house arrest. 

EBOLA
Health alarms sounded in all corners of the world, when the Ebola outbreak became an international concern. The highly contagious disease claimed the lives  thousands of people in Liberia. A few missionaries and health care workers in the U.S and in Europe were also infected. Even though the threat seems to have tamed down on an international scale, the disease is still very much alive in many West African nations. The Pope repeatedly made a call to the international community, to respond appropriately to the crisis. 

HEALTH CONCERNS 
The Pope's health made headlines, when it was reported that he repeatedly canceled several of his appointments. Most notably he canceled a visit to the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, the very day he was scheduled to appear. The Pope didn't make a big deal out of it. He acknowledged that he hadn't been feeling well and jokingly told the press, that he would keep up his workaholic pace, because as he put, he only had a few years left. 

POPE FRANCIS
"One of these neuroses is that I am a bit too attached to my habitat.  (…) I do always take a vacation – really – but in my habitat; I change pace.  I sleep more; I read the things I want; I listen to music; I spend more time praying…  And this makes me relax.”
 
The last time the Pope took a vacation was in 1975 in Argentina. 


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