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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.
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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

Cardinal Raffaele Farina turns 80. Number of Cardinal electors drops to 110

2013-09-24

Italian Cardinal, Raffaele Farina turns 80 on September 24th. That means he will no longer have the right to vote in an eventual conclave. The College of Cardinals now stands at 110 cardinal electors and 91 non electors.   


Cardinal Farina was born in the Italian city of Buonalbergo. He joined the Salesians at age 16 and was ordained in 1958. Over the years, he has been very active in the field of culture

In 1997, he began working in the Vatican Library. Ten years later he also became custodian of the Vatican's Secret Archives. 

His main objective was to facilitate access to works of the Vatican's literature department and eliminate its mysterious reputation. Among his greatest achievements there's the restoration of the Vatican Library and the exhibition of 400 years of the Secret Archives. 

In 2007 he was made a Cardinal by Benedict XVI and he participated in the 2013 conclave. 

A few months ago, Cardinal Farina left his post as librarian but he is still very active. Pope Francis also named him a member of the committee that advises the Pope on reforming the so called 'Vatican Bank.' 


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