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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.

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.

Pope meets with Airport Chaplains in the Vatican


They are priests who carry out their ministry in airports across the world, tending to people who come and go. Pope Francis welcomed participants of the International Seminar of Catholic Civil Aviation Chaplains, to the Vatican's Clementine Hall. 

"Airport ministries begin with offering a testimony to help people and to open their hearts and lives to Christ.” 

The Pope also highlighted that airports are often filled with refugees. He called on the chaplains to remember that these people are often detained for short or long periods of time, often times without assistance or spiritual direction.