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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.

Pope Francis: There is no room in the Church for priests who abuse children

2015-02-05

Pope Francis insisted on zero tolerance against abuse and explained how bishops should investigate complaints. The key, he said, is to be close to the victims. 

In a letter sent to the presidents of episcopal conferences and superiors of religious orders, Francis wrote, "Pastors and those in charge of religious communities should be available to meet with victims and their loved ones; such meetings are valuable opportunities for listening to those who have greatly suffered and for asking their forgiveness.”

Francis said that families have the right to communicate their concerns to the Church "because it is quote a safe place.” He added that they must not hide complaints.

"Consequently, priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors,” wrote the Pope.

He asked them for "generosity and rigor,” and said it they had a"duty to humbly acknowledge and repair past injustices.”

The letter notes that the episcopal conferences must submit to the Vatican guidelines for action against abuse, and asks them to cooperate with the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors.


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