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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.

Haitian president thanks Pope for quake aid during Vatican visit

2012-11-22

The Haitian president thanked the Pope for the humanitarian work the Church carried out following the earthquake that struck the island in January 2010, and killed over 200,000 people. Benedict XVI then called on all Catholic institutions to help rebuild the country.

Two months ago, the Pope once again renewed pleas for assistance for the small Caribbean nation, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Martelly, Haiti's president since 2011, attended the meeting with Benedict XVI with his wife and four children.

Before being elected, Martelly was a renown musician in his country. It may explain why he gave this percussion instrument with very colorful decorations. He then invited the Pope to play it, which the pontiff did without hesitation. Benedict XVI gave the executive a bronze bas-relief carved with the image of St. Peter's Square.

Following the audience with the Pope, Martelly also met the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone.


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