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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.

Card. Barragan: next Pope needs at least same qualities as Benedict XVI



President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers 
"The Pope decided to resign because he says he no longer has the strength to carry out the office. Therefore, the next Pope needs to be a person who at the very least has the qualities Benedict XVI had before he started loosing strength.” 

He also traveled with Benedict XVI to Mexico and Cuba back in March 2012. The apostolic trip is forever marked with this photograph. At that point, the Cardinal didn't expect a resignation, at all. 

President Emeritus, Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers 
"It's a decision that shows great humility, great courage, great consistency. It's a decision that says, 'Our Lord is guiding the Church.' Hopefully this will be the best decision for the Church, as the Pope said.” 

The cardinal said that it is now time to examine the situation of the Church and pray that cardinals elect the right person to address these new challenges. 

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