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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.
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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."
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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.

Historic meeting between Pope and first Russian ambassador to Vatican

2013-05-02

Relations between the two states have an important religious meaning, since the Russian government has strong links to the Russian Orthodox Church.

After the meeting, Avdeev introduced the embassy staff to the Pope.

Though the two states have had relations since 1990, four years ago Russia elevated their office to the Vatican into a full-fledged embassy.

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“Pray for us. It is necessary.”

As a gift, Pope Francis gave the Russian ambassador a newly-minted papal medallion of his pontificate. Using his French, he also asked for his now-famous request, to pray for him.


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