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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.

Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica unveiled

2015-11-18

It wasn't a typical ceremony inside St. Peter's Basilica, as workers chipped away the concrete that has covered the Holy Door since the Holy Year of 2000.

Following a short ceremony with prayer, the workers started on carefully dismantling the wall. They pulled bricks out and eventually removed a box that contains mementos from the last Jubilee Year.

The zinc box contained documents certifying the closing of the Holy Door, a parchment deed, some bricks, and a few commemorative medals from 2000.

But perhaps the most important items were the keys to open the Holy Door. Pope Francis will use them on December 8th during a ceremony that officially starts the Jubilee of Mercy.


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