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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.
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Vatican congratulates Trump and hopes his time in office "can truly be fruitful"

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."
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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.

Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors: Advocating and Educating for Justice

2015-12-13

Many know Catholic Relief Services from their work around the world delivering relief and services to those in need. But lesser known is the Catholic Relief  Services Student Ambassadors, a vital force in supporting and enhancing the 
mission of CRS in college campuses across the United States. 

MORGAN GRUENEWALD 
President, Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors, Villanova University 
"Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors supports the mission of Catholic Relief Services, which is an international humanitarian and development agency that works in almost 100 countries overseas, focusing on development projects and disaster relief.”

CRS Student Ambassadors, with chapters in over 70 campuses, play a vital role in informing their campus communities about the work of CRS through faith building events, fund-raising, advocacy initiatives, and education of fellow students. 

This past year CRS Student Ambassadors at Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have seen great success with their I Am Climate Change advocacy campaign, inspired by Pope Francis. 

SAJID HOSSAIN 
I am Climate Change Coordinator, CRS Student Ambassadors, Villanova University
"In Laudato si Pope Francis tells us that the United States as well as other developed countries really need to push towards raising awareness for this issue and acting on it very seriously because we are the main contributors to climate change."

"So Pope Francis talks a lot about care for creation but not only that but love for human dignity and Catholic social teaching that really calls us to act on this issue. And because of it we have been doing campaigns during his visit actually were we have been signing letters to support the United Nations Green Climate fund. 

"And throughout we have gotten almost 650 letters signed which is significant because that is a record in our campus program”. 

In addition to their successful I am Climate Change Campaign, for the past three years CRS Ambassadors chapters have been responding to the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis by advocating, fund raising, and hosting prayer vigils on campuses as they try to educate those around them as well as create political change that will help those in need. 

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