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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.

Vatican opens homeless shelter near St. Peter's Square

2015-10-12

Earlier this year, the Vatican opened showers and a barber for the homeless next to St. Peter's Square. And they also gave them a personal tour of the Vatican Museums. 

Now Pope Francis and the Vatican have done it again, opening a homeless shelter just steps away from St. Peter's Square. It's named "Gift of Mercy.”

The building was donated by the Jesuit order. Day to day operations are carried out by nuns from Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. And it's paid for by the Papal Office of Charities.

There are facilities for up to 34 men. Once they are interviewed by nuns and register, those who have come upon hard times may stay there for 30 days.

The new facilities include bunk beds, a kitchen, lockers, washing machines, bathrooms, and other amenities. Religious artwork adorns the walls throughout.

It's not the first time the Vatican has done something like this: In 1988, they opened a similar facility for women.


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