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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.

Cardinal Urosa presides Chavez funeral in Rome, calls for unity



Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) 
“In my role as bishop of the Church of God, I invite you all to pray to the Lord to grant him eternal rest and take him to his eternal Glory. I express my most sincere condolences to his parents, siblings, children and other family. Also to his government, his friends and his followers.” 

The cardinal called for unity among all Venezuelans, to move the country forward despite their political views. 

Archbishop of Caracas (Venezuela) 
“Brothers and sisters, let us pray with fervor for our beloved homeland, Venezuela. So that we can live fraternally, as members of one country, and so what we can peacefully resolve our differences.” 

The cardinals also brought up the importance the upcoming conclave has for the Catholic Church, and asked for prayers for whomever is elected Pope. 

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