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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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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."

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.

Pope Francis: 1,000 days, 8 powerful messages


Pope Francis has now been pontiff for 1,000 days. Here are some of his most memorable quotes.

Just three days after becoming Pope, he summarized the beginning of his pontificate during an interview with journalists:

March 16, 2013
"How I wish for a Church that is poor and for the poor!”

The next day, he revealed another central theme of his pontificate: a constant focus on the world of God's mercy.

March 17, 2013
"God understands us, he waits for us, he does not tire of forgiving us if we are able to return to him with a contrite heart.”

The World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was Pope Francis' biggest challenge: it was his first great moment on the world stage, and expectations were high. And he ended up doing much more than anyone predicted.

July 25, 2013
"But I want there to be a mess in the diocese, I want you to go outside. I want the Church out in the street.”

On the plane back from Brazil, during his first press conference, he was asked his opinion about gays in the Church. He called on people to not judge others.

July 28, 2013
"I think that when you encounter a person like this, you must make a distinction between the fact of a person being gay from the fact of being a lobby, because lobbies, all are not good. That is bad. If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, well who am I to judge them?”

A year later, in addition to the wars in Syria and Ukraine, there arose a new crisis between Israelis and Palestinians. The Pope, visibly shocked, delivered the most painful message of peace that he had made so far. 

July 27, 2015
"I think mostly of the children, of those who are deprived of the hope for a dignified life, of a future: dead children, wounded children, maimed children, orphaned children, children who have the remnants of war as toys, children who do not know how to smile. Stop, please! I ask you with all my heart. It is time to stop! Stop, please!”

Pope Francis followed the path created by Pope Benedict XVI in responding to cases of child abuse. In July 2014, he invited several victims to the Vatican to hear them and personally apologize. They also celebrated Mass together.

July 7, 2014
"Before God and his people I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness.”

Pope Francis has focused most of his weekly general audiences on rediscovering the value of family: not only in the Church but in society. He has said that the family is the first school, the first hospital, the first place where we learn what love is. 

July 6, 2015
"The family is the nearest hospital, the first school for the young, the best home for the elderly. The family constitutes the best "social capital”. It cannot be replaced by other institutions. It needs to be helped and strengthened, lest we lose our proper sense of the services which society as a whole provides.”

We could not miss it, because it is his most used phrase. Whenever he must say goodbye, Pope Francis asks people to pray for him. And if they're not believers...

July 9, 2015
"Send me good vibes. Thank you.”