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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.

Relics from St. Therese of Lisieux and her parents will be exhibited at Santa Maria Maggiore


Relics from St. Therese of Lisieux and her parents will be exhibited at the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, starting on October 4th.

They will remain there for the duration of the Synod on the Family. That means pilgrims from throughout the world can pray before them until October 25th. The same exhibit took place during last year's Synod.

Further, on October 18th, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will be canonized. Pope Francis will preside over the ceremony in which Louis Martin y Zélie Guerin become saints.

They are the first married couple who are not martyrs to be canonized together. The ceremony will take place during the Synod as an example for all married couples throughout the world.