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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.

The 'Children's Train': Bearing the summer heat to see the Pope


-Hello everybody, welcome! What time did you leave?
-At 5.30! At 4.30!

-Was it a long trip? Was it boring?

-So, it wasn't boring. Thank you for your visit. I am so happy you are here. Are you happy?

The 'Children's Train' was organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 with social or family problems had a unique opportunity to share their experiences, travel on a fun journey and last but not least, have a special meeting with the Pope. Some of them were in Rome for the first time.

-What will you do next? What is your plan for the day?

-We are going to visit this wonderful place. We will be embraced by the colonnade in St. Peter's Square; each column will be like a child embracing us. And we will cling to them. Then we are going to visit the Basilica, which has all of our history. There will be music. You are in our hearts. And our hearts are with you. We will leave at 4PM. Do you want to come on the train with us? There are children from the Bambin Gesù hospital who have made colored drapes to unite to the rail tracks of our train of love.

-That's very nice. I wish you a good day. But it will be quite hot? Does the heat bother you?
-No, if we get to meet you!
-Thank you. Have a wonderful day.

The event was part of the so-called 'Courtyard of Children', which is aimed at helping children with social or family problems, by organizing fun and educational experiences.