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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.

Be My Eyes, the app that lends blind people a pair of eyes

2015-05-02

Be My Eyes is a new application that combines technology and volunteerism. It allows people with poor vision to use their cell phone camera to record situations when they need help with things like walking through a new area or checking the expiration date on food. A volunteer with the app receives the video and helps them through the situation.

The app was created by a Danish nonprofit that connects the blind communtiy with volunteers through smartphones. When someone downloads the app, they're asked if they're blind or want to be a volunteer. 

Blind people can use the app whenever they face a difficult situation, and then volunteers receive a notification to let them know that their eyes can be of use at that moment.

It's a simple way to help people who have difficulty seeing. Be My Eyes is only available for iOS, but the company is working on an Android version. It can downloaded in English and Spanish.


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