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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.

Virtual tour of Shrine of Vailankanni, the most important in Catholic India

2013-02-08

The Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health, located in southern India, by the Gulf of Bengal, is the most important pilgrimage site for Catholic in India. 

Nearly two million people travel each year to the small city to venerate the Virgin Mary, known here as the “Lourdes of the East.” 

When a monstrous tsunami ravaged Indonesia in 2004, it also affected the area around Vailankanni. However, the sanctuary emerged unscathed from the devastation. 


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