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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.

Understanding the Liturgical Year, through the words of Pope Francis


Understanding the Liturgical Year of the Catholic Church can seem a bit overwhelming, but now there's a book out to make this journey a lot easier. 

Pope Francis: A Guide to God's Time, Author 
"An explanation of the Church’s Liturgical Year and the special times of preparation like Advent and Lent and Special Feast Days and celebrations.”

The book is titled Pope Francis: A Guide to God's Time. It was authored by Cindy Wooden, an American journalist, who has covered the Vatican for 25 years. The photographs in the book which has 119 pages, are the work of photographer Paul Haring. 

Reflecting on some of the Pope's speeches and homilies,  book sheds light on the spiritual connection that comes when one goes to Mass. 

Pope Francis, a Guide to God's Time, Author 
"In the Pope’s vision, when we go to Mass, we leave behind our time and we enter into God’s time. It’s time consecrated by God. It’s time for us to build our relationship with God and hopefully leave, transformed ourselves and able to transform the world around us.” 

True to the Pope's personal style, the book includes excerpts that give readers some practical tips on how to embrace the Gospel in every day life. 

Pope Francis, a Guide to God's Time, Author 
"So it’s a description the Pope himself is giving us and telling us what’s most important in these Seasons and in these Feasts.”

The book is available in Italian, Spanish and English. It's available in Amazon and through the Publishing House of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops.