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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

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December 22, 2016. On Wednesday, December 21, Pope Francis authorized the following decrees for the Causes of Saints:

Cardinal Rubén Salazar: One of 19 cardinal electors from Latin America


John Paul II made him bishop of Cúcuta. Then in 2008 he was elected president of the Episcopal Conference. Two years later Benedict XVI made him archbishop of Bogotá and in November 2012, he was made a cardinal.

Archbishop of Bogotá
"The fact that the College of Cardinals represents the universality of the Church is something special. The fact that I'm representing Colombia and the Latin American community is not only something joyful it's also an honor.”

Colombia has a total of 38 million Catholics. Now with the coming conclave, that country will have a vote, through Cardinal Ruben Salazar.

-OFL @ odelafu /KLH