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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.

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.

LIVE: Pope's arrival in Assisi during World Day of Prayer for Peace


Pope Francis arrives at the Sacred Convent in Assisi to mark the World Day of Prayer for Peace.

He meets with representatives from different churches and religions throughout the day, including the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Supreme Head of the Tendai from Japan, and a few others. 

The encounter begins at 11:30 a.m., local Rome time.