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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.

Pope denounces the lack of will from those with power to end the war in Syria

2016-08-08

During the Angelus, Pope Francis lamented that civilians, especially children, are the victims who suffer the most from the war in Syria. He also made this powerful comment.

POPE FRANCIS
"Unfortunately, we continue to hear the news on Syria's civilian casualties of war, especially in Aleppo. It is unacceptable that so many defenseless people, many children also have to pay the price of conflict, the price of the stubbornness of heart and peace unwillingness of those in power."

He invited the pilgrims to have a moment of silence and pray for the Syrian people. Afterwards, they prayed a Hail Mary together.

The pope also explained that often evil is unleashed when a person feels they own the life of another.

POPE FRANCIS
"So many injustices, violence and everyday evils are born of the idea of behaving like 'the gatekeepers' in charge of other people's lives.”

He recalled that in this life there is no point holding on to material things or money because it will not serve us after death. He said that it should be used to serve others.

POPE FRANCIS
"We cannot be so attached to money, to have so many things... Because, in the end, we can not take them with us. Remember that 'the shroud has no pockets.'"

Finally, he said that the fact that God promises eternal life does not mean there is not work to be done in order to improve the living conditions of this world, especially for the weakest.


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