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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.

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien mourns situation of Christians in Jesus' Land


Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"Thirty or forty percent, but  most of the people have fled because of the pressures there.  There are no jobs, they can´t travel, great repression in that part of the world and it´s a shame.”

American Cardinal Edwin O'Brien visited the Holy Land on December 1st, under his new role of Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre.  He says, Israel's plans to set up 30,000 new settlements will complicate things even further with Palestinians.  

Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"The more that that land is taken away from them and settlements, permanent settlements are built up, it´s going to be virtually impossible to envision a free Palestinian state.”

Precisely to help that small, but vivid Christian community, more than 30,000 members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre dedicate their time, knowledge and resources. Their donations help fund 45 schools and more than 60 parishes and several orphanages in the Holy Land.

He says one of the biggest challenges is actually having an open debate about the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"For some reason we can´t openly debate these things in the United States where we´re afraid to be accused of anti antisemitism, but the discussion in Israel among the Jewish people is much livelier.”

In the meantime, O'Brien says visits from outside pilgrims help out this Christian community, not just financially, but emotionally.

Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

"The midnight Mass is something that is  known world wide, that´s a sign for Christians that there is still life in the Church, there is concern for them on the part of the Church Universal.”

Even though challenges do exist, Cardinal O'Brien says he made sure this small community of Christians knows it's not forgotten...