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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 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.

The news stories about Pope Francis that you will be reading about in 2016

2016-01-02

The new year has started and the Pope's plate is full as he is already busy with upcoming plans and projects.

NEW DOCUMENTS
During this year, probably before mid-March, Francis will publish an official papal document on the family. Technically it is an "apostolic exhortation”, which will reflect on the ideas of the recent Synod.

Some months ago he hinted he would like to sign this document in Nazareth, yet it is uncertain whether he will return to the Holy Land to fulfill his dream.

TRIPS
Yes, he will travel to Mexico. On Friday, Febuary 12th he will be in Mexico City and then visit other states like Chiapas, Michoacan and Chihuahua.

If there are no surprises, the other major trip of the year will be in July to the land of John Paul II. On July 31st  the Pope will close in Krakow the World Youth Day with millions of young pilgrims.

GREAT CEREMONIES
The largest ceremony of the year will probably be the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, which almost certainly will be in early September.

REFORM OF THE CURIA
This year will begin to materialize simplifying the Vatican Curia. In January, the first expected major changes in the Secretariat for Communication, and shortly after the new two congregations (one of lay people and other on social justice), which they encompass most current pontifical councils.

CARDINALS
This year 10 cardinals will turn 80 years old and will lose the right to participate in a conclave. It is a figure high enough that the Pope decided to name new cardinals.

VATILEAKS
In the first half of the year will conclude the process Vatileaks 2. The Vatican is investigating three former employees for leaking classified documents; and two journalists who allegedly pressured them to obtain information. The next hearing will be on 20th  of February.

JUBILEE
The protagonist of the year is the Jubilee of Mercy. That is why the Pope has planned each month to strong gesture of mercy. Knowing him, he is likely to be quite significant. It is possible that there will be a lot of meaning. No doubt, this Year will give away unforgettable scenes.


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