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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.

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."

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: When you help the sick, are you afraid to touch them?


Pilgrims filled St. Peter's Square on Sunday for Pope Francis' Angelus prayer. This week, the Pope asked the crowd to reflect on how to help the needy. He said that those who help the poor cannot be afraid to touch them.

"If we are to be imitators of Christ before the poor or the sick, we should not be afraid to look the afflicted person in the eye, and be close to the suffering person with tenderness and compassion.”

Pope Francis said that just as evil is contagious, so is goodness. He added that all Christians are called to be instruments of God's love.

"We must allow good to fill us. Let us be infected by goodness, and let us spread the good contagion.”

The Pope greeted those who attended the Consistory of cardinals and accompanied the new cardinals as they received their new positions.

"I appreciate the presence of official delegations from various countries who were present at this event."

And here is the applause that the 20 new cardinals, coming from 14 different countries, received.