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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.

Pope Francis gives beatification approval for Italian queen, lay woman

2013-05-03

Maria Cristina of Savoy, Queen of the Two Sicilies, was born in 1812. She married King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies. She was a very religious woman who died in 1836. At just 23 years of age, she passed away after giving birth to her only son Frances II, Duke of Calabria. Her beatification process was open in 1859, and she was made venerable 13 years later. Pope Francis has now recognized a miracle attributed to her intercession, paving the way for her beatification.

Maria Bolognesi
was an Italian woman, born in 1924 in the city of Bosaro, in northern Italy. She was declared venerable five years later, and is on her way to beatification, although a date or place have not been determined.

 
Pope Francis also recognized the heroic virtues of Joaquin Rosello Ferrà, a Spanish priest and founder of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, as well as Mother Maria Theresa of  St. Joseph, a Polish nun and founder of the Carmelite Sisters of the Infant Jesus.


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