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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.

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini passes away at age of 85

2012-08-31

He is largely remembered for his work in reaching out to nonbelievers and lapsed Catholics. He was also the rector of the Gregorian University in Rome when, in 1979, John Paul II appointed him as Archbishop of Milan. During the 22 years he was there, he was constantly referred to as a possible candidate for pope.

Despite suffering from Parkinson's, he participated in the most recent conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.

He was passionate about the Bible, which is why he chose to live in Jerusalem until his illness became worse. At a conference in Rome, he said that he was devoting his last years to reconciliation.

Card. Carlo Maria Martini
"We need to be in the middle and work to cease all violence and learn to understand each others pain also. That is why I decided to spend most of my time in Jerusalem. I've marked as priority intercessory prayer, in the etymological sense of the word: to intercede, to walk through without giving or taking any reason, not to say that one side is more right than another. Walking between in prayer, prayer of intercession for the people of the Middle East, especially Jews and Palestinians, is the way to find mutual trust and dialogue.”

Pope Benedict XVI received constant updates on the situation of the cardinal. He passed away with family and friends at his bedside. He was also remembered by the media as one of the biggest promoters of dialogue between the Church and the modern world.

With his death, the college of cardinals is reduced to 206 members. Of these, only 118 are under 80, making them eligible to participate in an eventual conclave.

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