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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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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.

What is a Jubilee, and how long have they been celebrated?

2015-03-13

Jewish tradition inspired the Catholic Church to start celebrating the jubilee. Jewish people celebrate a holy year every half century. The Catholic tradition was started in the year 1300 by Pope Boniface VIII.

A Holy Year is a general forgiveness, open to all. It is a special proposal to approach God and others. There are ordinary jubilees and extraordinary jubilees.

Since 1475, the ordinary jubilee is celebrated once every 25 years. The Pope convenes extraordinary ones on special occasions.

Until now, there have been 24 ordinary jubilees and four extraordinary. The Jubilee of Mercy, convened by Pope Francis, will be the fifth. The last extraordinary was imposed by John Paul II in 1983. John Paul II also imposed the last ordinary one, the Jubilee of the Year 2000.

The first rite is the opening of the Holy Door. It is only opened during a jubilee year. It symbolizes the extraordinary way that Catholics can open themselves up to their faith.


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