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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.

Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust: Yad Vashem Memorial makes changes in exhibit

2012-07-02

The new text says that according to his supporters, the Pope's neutrality helped save the lives of many Jews. The Vatican claims that if Pius XII would have been more outspoken and critical of the Nazi regime, it would have caused the death of even more Jews.

Instead the Vatican says, his quiet diplomacy allowed the Church to carry out secret rescue missions.

The text description still includes the point of view of critics, who say he should have said and done more.

The Holy See's ambassador in Israel, Antonio Franco described it as a 'positive evolutio', adding that the text went from straight condemnation to an evaluation.

Pius XII was Pope from 1939 to 1958. Before that he was the papal envoy in the German state of Bavaria. The controversy over his approach has been discussed between the Vatican and Israel, for decades.

Some claim the controversy between both groups has stopped the beatification of Pius XII from going forward.


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