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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.

General Audience: Pope calls for release of Christian woman condemned to death in Pakistan

2010-11-17

Benedict XVI
"These days the international community is following with great concern the plight of Christians in Pakistan, who are often victims of violence or discrimination. Today I express my feelings of spiritual closeness to Ms. Asia Bibi and her family, and I ask that she be released as soon as possible. I also pray for all those who are in similar situations, so that your human dignity and fundamental rights are fully respected.”

The Pope took this opportunity to tie in another heroic female, Saint Juliana of Liege, who was also persecuted.  

Benedict XVI
“She had to suffer the harsh opposition of certain members of the clergy, including the superior upon whom her convent depended. She therefore chose to leave Mont-Cornillon with a number of companions and for ten years, between 1248 and 1258, was accommodated in various houses of
Cistercian nuns.”

This general audience is the latest in a series of catechesis, which he has dedicated to a female saint.

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