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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 calls for strong and concrete initiatives against racism

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Benedict XVI
“I offer my sincere hope that the delegates attending the conference in Geneva work together in a spirit of dialogue and mutual acceptance, to put an end to all forms of racism, discrimination and intolerance.”
 
Sadly, not all share the Pope’s support.  Several countries including Israel, the United States, Germany and Italy have boycotted the conference. Those countries deem as "unacceptable" the working documents that say Zionism is a racist ideology and fear that the meeting will become a "case against Israel." Moreover, they are critical of the participation of Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Vatican representative said the conference is crucial to combat discrimination, and that not going is the same as remaining indifferent to the problem.

The Pope used the Regina Coeli prayer to thank everyone for the warm wishes that he has received for his birthday and for the fourth anniversary of his election as Pope.

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