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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.

A look at the Second Vatican Council and the New Evangelization


Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome)

"In the long history of the Church, 50 years is really not that much.  Fifty years later the council is still a work in progress.”

University of Navarra (Spain)

"We looked into the ecumenical aspect of the Second Vatican Council. Also, the reform of the liturgy and the Church, and the mystery of the Church through the Second Vatican Council.”

University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

"The Council decided on some very important points about the liturgy. The reform of the liturgy and the renewal and the establishment of the Church, like 'Lumen Gentium' and freedom of religion.  Also, the important pastoral constitution on the government of the Church.”

And then, a key document of Vatican II, titled 'Nostra Aetate' was also discussed. The document looked into the Church’s relationship with non-Christians.

Antonianum Pontifical University (Rome)

"Less than 20 years after the end of World War II and the Holocaust, the Church was thinking of new ways of relating with people, a new way of relating to Jews. That’s why it developed a declaration on its relationship with the Jewish community. But really "Nostra Aetate” deals with the relationship between Church and non-Christians in general.”

The conference was sponsored Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich. The two day conference was also a way to get ready for the coming year of faith.