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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 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 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 a “reasoned defense of marriage as a natural institution”


Benedict XVI
“Mention must be made of the powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage. The Church’s conscientious effort to resist this pressure calls for a reasoned defense of marriage as a natural institution consisting of a specific communion of persons, essentially rooted in the complementarity of the sexes and oriented to procreation”

The pope noted that “sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage”.

Recognizing that many young couples were living in cohabitation, the pope said that the Church must recognize their own faults in presenting their teaching.

Benedict XVI

“Certainly we must acknowledge deficiencies in the catechesis of recent decades, which failed at times to communicate the rich heritage of Catholic teaching on marriage.”

Benedict XVI also called for “marriage preparation programs to be carefully reviewed”. Speaking on chastity, he said sexuality was a source of freedom, happiness, and fulfillment of love.

Ultimately, the pope said that all of these concerns were based on the “the good of children” who he said “have a fundamental right to grow up with a healthy understanding of sexuality”.