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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: By definition, humans are religious beings

2012-11-07

BENEDICT XVI
"Thanks to this innate religious sense, we can open our hearts to the gift of faith which draws us ever closer to God, the source of all good and the fulfillment of our deepest desire.”

The Pope explained that despite love and friendship, there is always an inner void...a yearning for something greater and Divine. Benedict XVI said people need to develop liking for higher values.

BENEDICT XVI

"It is necessary to promote a kind of pedagogy of desire. Developing a taste for real satisfactions in life in the continued search for higher values. This does not repress desires, but rather it  purifies and releases it, so it can reach a high depth.”

Before closing, the Pope made a new call for peace in Syria.

He explained that even though he was planning on sending a delegation of Synod Fathers to Syria's capital, the instability in the country, makes traveling basically impossible. But the Pope added that he did send Cardinal Robert Sarah to Lebanon as a special representative. As the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Sarah will evaluate the refugee situation and offer $1 million to help those affected by the violence.

BENEDICT XVI
"We must do everything we can, before it's too late.”

Among those in attendance was a large group of Polish pilgrims who were greeted by Benedict XVI in their own language.


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