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Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.
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Quake aftermath continues to torment ancient town of Amatrice as the death toll rises

August 25, 2016. Rescue teams continue to work tirelessly with the hope of finding new survivors, but the number of deaths will increase as there are still dozens missing. Italy's civil protection agency has announced that 190 have dead in the affected areas in the province of Rieti are overcome, while 57 were killed in the province of Ascoli. During the night, there have been up to 60 new tremors of between 3 and 4 degrees of magnitude. Rescuers worked overnight in the most affected Arquata del Tronto, Pescada< g> del Tronto, Accumoli< g> and Amatrice. The most dramatic situation exists in Amatrice, the largest municipality affected, and where 2,000 people live, but in the summer months doubles its population with vacationers and many tourists who had come to enjoy the weekend party pasta "amatriciana,” a dish that has its origins here. More than 1,000 people have been displaced by the quake.
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Grand Ayatollah to Pope Francis: “Thank you for saying Islam is not equal to terrorism”

August 22, 2016. Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi sent a letter to Pope Francis to thank him for his words on the flight back from Poland, a few weeks ago: "It is not right to say that Islam is a terrorist faith.” In his letter, the Shia religious leader has strongly condemned terrorist attacks from fundamentalist Islamic groups. He has also stated that "the vast majority of the Musilm people consider all Takfiri sects to be outside the fold of Islam.” Makarem Shirazi is one of the 64 Grand Ayatollahs in Shia Islam and, as such, one of the highest authorities in matters of Islamic dogma and law.
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Pope conveys “solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims of wildfire in Portugal

August 16, 2016. The fire has killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed a letter, on behalf of Pope Francis, to the bishop of Funchal, Antonio Carrilho. The letter was read during the celebration of Holy Mass for Our Lady of the Mount, Patroness of Funchal. In the letter, Pope Francis expressed his condolences and sorrow over the loss of life and property in the Portuguese island of Madeira, where wildfires have killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. Pope Francis conveys "solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims and those displaced by the wildfires and prayed for the wounded and asked them to have "courage and consolation in Christian hope” for all involved.
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Pope sends condolences to North America in wake of Hurricane Earl

August 9, 2016. Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences to the victims in the wake of Hurricane Earl through a message sent by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The hurricane killed at least 45 people in Mexico and 13 in the Dominican Republic and caused an estimated $50 million in damage.
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Pope sends his condolences following attack that killed 70 people at a hospital in Pakistan

August 9, 2016. The terrorist attack at Quetta Hospital killed dozens of lawyers and left 120 others injured.
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Pope Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women

August 2, 2016. Six women and six men will study the diaconate of women "with regard to the first ages of the Church.”

List of cardinals who can vote in the conclave

2013-02-22

The number of cardinals eligible to vote in the upcoming conclave stands at 117, but could decrease for health reasons. Already Jakarta Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja said he would not be traveling to Rome due to ill health. Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien also gave up his right to vote in the conclave.

Here is a list of the participating cardinals, so far, listed by age and area:


EUROPE:
Walter Kasper, 79 (Germany)
Severino Poletto, 79 (Italy)
Godfried Danneels, 79 (Belgium)
Raffaele Farina, 79 (Italy)
Joachim Meisner, 79 (Germany)
Giovanni Batista Re, 79 (Italy)
Dionigi Tettamanzi, 78 (Italy)
Francesco Monterisi, 78 (Italy)
Carlos Amigo Vallejo, 78 (Spain)
Paolo Sardi, 78 (Italy)
Paul Josef Cordes, 78 (Germany)
Franc Rodé, 78 (Slovenia)
Tarcisio Bertone, 78 (Italy)
Giovanni Lajolo, 78 (Italy)
Velasio De Paolis, 77 (Italy)
Santos Abril y Castelló, 77 (Spain)
Jose da Cruz Policarpo, 76 (Portugal)
Karl Lehmann, 76 (Germany)
Antonio María Rouco Varela, 76 (Spain)
Ennio Antonelli, 76 (Italy)
Andrys Juozas Backis, 76 (Lithuania)
Attilio Nicora, 75 (Italy)
Lluís Martínez Sistach, 75 (Spain)
Antonio Maria Vegliò, 75 (Italy)
Paolo Romeo, 75 (Italy)
Francesco Coccopalmerio, 74 (Italy)
Manuel Monteiro de Castro, 74 (Portugal)
Carlo Caffarra, 74 (Italy)
Angelo Amato, 74 (Italy)
Stanislaw Dziwisz, 73 (Poland)
Seán Brady, 73 (Ireland)
Zenon Grocholewski, 73 (Poland)
Agostino Vallini, 72 (Italy)
Angelo Scola, 71 (Italy)
Giuseppe Bertello, 70 (Italy)
Gianfranco Ravasi, 70 (Italy)
André Armand Vingt-Trois, 70 (France)
Domenico Calcagno, 70 (Italy)
Angelo Bagnasco, 70 (Italy)
Jean-Louis Tauran, 69 (France)
Dominik Duka, 69 (Czech Republic)
Crescenzio Sepe, 69 (Italy)
Giuseppe Versaldi, 69 (Italy)
Angelo Comastri, 69 (Italy)
Mauro Piacenza, 68 (Italy)
Jean-Pierre Ricard, 68 (France)
Christoph Schönborn, 68 (Austria)
Stanislaw Rylko, 67 (Poland)
Vinko Puljic, 67 (Bosnia)
Antonio Cañizares Llovera, 67 (Spain)
Fernando Filoni, 66 (Italy)
Giuseppe Betori, 65 (Italy)
Josip Bozanic, 63 (Croatia)
Kazimierz Kycz, 63 (Poland)
Kurt Kock. 62 (Switzerland)
Philippe Barbarin, 62 (France)
Péter Erdö, 60 (Hungary)
Wim Eijk, 59 (Netherlands)
Reinhard Marx, 59 (Germany)
Rainer Maria Woelki, 56 (Germany)


NORTH AMERICA:
Justin Francis Rigali, 77 (United States)
Roger Mahony, 76 (United States)
William Joseph Levada, 76 (United States)
Jean-Claude Turcotte, 76 (Canada)
Francis Eugene George, 76 (United States)
Edwin Frederick O'Brien, 73 (United States)
Donald William Wuerl, 72 (United States)
Marc Ouellet, 68 (Canada)
Seán Patrick O'Malley, 68 (United States)
Thomas Christopher Collins, 66 (Canada)
Raymond Leo Burke, 64 (United States)
Daniel DiNardo, 63 (United States)
James Michael Harvey, 63 (United States)
Timothy Michael Dolan, 63 (United States)


LATIN AMERICA:
Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, 79 (Mexico)
Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, 79 (Chile)
Geraldo Majella Angelo, 79 (Brazil)
Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, 79 (Ecuador)
Cláudio Hummes, 78 (Brazil)
Julio Terrazas Sandoval, 76 (Bolivia)
Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, 76 (Cuba)
Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, 76
      (Dominican Republic)
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 (Argentina)
Raymundo Damasceno Assis, 76 (Brazil)
Norberto Rivera Carrera, 70 (Mexico)
Jorge Urosa Savino, 70 (Venezuela)
Ruben Salazar Gómez, 70 (Colombia)
Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, 70
      (Honduras)
Leonardo Sandri, 69 (Argentina)
Juan Luis Cipriani Throne, 69 (Peru)
Joao Braz de Aviz, 65 (Brazil)
Francisco Robles Ortega, 63 (Mexico)
Odilo Pedro Scherer, 63 (Brazil)



AFRICA:
Antonios Naguib, 77 (Egypt)
Anthony Olubumni Okogie, 76 (Nigeria)
Théodore Adrien Sarr, 76 (Senegal)
Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, 73 (Congo)
Gabriel Zubeir Wako, 72 (Sudan)
Wilfrid Fox Napier, 71 (South Africa)
John Njue, 69 (Kenya)
John Olorunfemi Oneiyekan, 69 (Nigeria)
Polycarp Pengo, 68 (Tanzania)
Robert Sarah, 67 (Guinea)
Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, 64 (Ghana)


ASIA/OCEANIA:
Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Mân, 78 (Vietnam)
Ivan Dias, 76 (India)
John Tong Hon, 73 (Hong Kong)
Telesphore Placidus Toppo, 73 (India)
Bechara Boutros Rai, 72 (Lebanon)
George Pell, 71 (Australia)
Oswald Gracias, 68 (India)
George Alencherry, 67 (India)
Malcolm Ranjith, 65 (Sri Lanka)
Luis Antonio Tagle, 55 (Philippines)
Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, 53 (India)


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