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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.

Vatican sends proposal letter to Lefebvrians

2013-01-21

The letter emphasizes the strong desire to overcome tensions. It also stresses the importance of unity and the need to avoid 'pride, anger and impatience.' The letter also adds that their disagreements should not prevent them from having true discussions and a spirit of openness. 


The text is addressed to Bishop Bernard Fellay, who serves as the superior of the Lefebvrists. In its first option, the Vatican says it could recognize the charism of Archbishop Lefebvre and the formation of priests who belong to the Society of St. Pius X. That is if they renounce all "counterproductive rhetoric, justifying and correcting theology and also publicly correcting others in the Church.” 

The second option allows the Society to base their arguments under the guidelines set by 'Donum Veritatis'. The document was written back in 1990. It deals with the dissidence of progressive theologians. As stated in the document the Vatican is not opposed to legitimate theological questions or differences, as long as those objections are expressed internally. The main goal of this would be to engage the Magisterium, and not to form a parallel division within the Church. 


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