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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.
Vatican

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."
Vatican

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.

23 missionaries murdered during 2010

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TheBrazilian priest Ruben Almeida Gonsálves was alsokilled by a manon May 20 afterthe priest refused torent the halls of his church.

Thepriests Wasim Sabieh and Thaier Saad Abdal died in theOctober 31 attack onthe Syrian Catholic Cathedral of Baghdad. They died whiletrying to protect localfamiliesand children from their attackers.

Thelast one killed for religious reasonsis ChristianBakulene who wasmurdered in the Democratic Republic of theCongo just for beinga priest.

The other 18 died duringrobberies or acts of vengeance.


The country withthe most murdered missionaries this year was in Brazilwith 5 murders,followed by Colombia with three, and thenMexico, China, Congo and Iraq, eachwith two.


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