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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.

Italy offers Verdi, Beethoven concert to Pope to mark anniversary of Lateran pacts

2013-02-04

The concert, performed by the Mayo Musical Florentino Orchestra, under the direction of the Indian maestro Zubin Mehta, was a gift from the Italian Embassy to the Holy See to Benedict XVI and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. It marks the 84 anniversary of the Lateran Pacts, which officially gave the Vatican full sovereignty over its modern day territory. 


The accords between Italy and the Holy See came to be defined by the motto “a free Church in a free state." 

The overture by Verdi was chosen to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth. The Heroic Symphony was initially dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, but it was finally titled “Heroic symphony composed to celebrate the memory of a great man.” 


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