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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 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.

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