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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.

President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers visits Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican

2011-04-14

The pontiff asked about how education in Latvia strengthens spiritualvalues, as well as about the need to strengthen the institution ofthe family in Latvia.

At the conclusion of their visit, the President and the pope lookedat a copy of a 19th century album, Terra Mariana, which was publishedin just one copy and presented to Pope Leo XIII. The large andcolourful album speaks to the history of Christianity in Livonia.

President Zatlers recalled that the Vatican never recognised Latvia’sincorporation into the USSR and was one of the first states in theworld to recognise its independence after the Soviet Union collapsed.



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