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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 will preside over all Easter celebrations


Holy Week begins on March 29. It is the third time Pope Francis will preside over the celebrations in Rome.

At 9:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis will bless palms and olive branches in St. Peter's Square. He will then preside at Mass. As usual, the Pope will particularly target young people.

On Holy Thursday at 9:30 a.m., he will chair the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. That afternoon, the Pope will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Roman prison of Rebibbia. There, he will wash the feet of several male and female prisoners.

At 5:00 p.m. on Good Friday, the Pope will preside over services at St. Peter's Basilica. 

That night, at 9:15 p.m., he will participate in the traditional Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum.

At 8:30 p.m. on Holy Saturday, the Pope will celebrate the Easter Vigil at St. Peter's Basilica. He will preside over the Liturgy of the Word, the Baptismal Liturgy and the Eucharistic Liturgy.

The Easter Sunday Mass will begin at 10:15 a.m. in St. Peter's Square. To finish, Pope Francis will deliver the Urbi et Orbi blessing.