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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 sends his support to the victims of the earthquake in China

2010-04-14

Benedict XVI
“My thoughts are with China who’s suffered numerous losses of human lives, many wounded, and much damage. I am praying for the victims and I am spiritually near all those affected by this very serious tragedy.”

The pope also reflected on the value of the priesthood and said the Ordained ministry means being immersed in the Truth.

Benedict XVI said priests are called to preach and teach not themselves, but Jesus Christ and his revelation of the Father.

Benedict XVI
“I wish to speak in particular of the priests configuration to Christ, the head of the Church, through the exercise of the three munera of teaching, sanctifying and governing. In their ministry priests act, in persona Christi, in person of Christ.”

The pope returned to the Vatican to receive about 16 thousand pilgrims in St. Peter’s square, after taking about 10 days to rest at Castle Gandolfo.

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