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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.

On Monday, Pope Francis will meet with the president for the Republic of the Congo. The country has a population of more than four million people. Half of them are Catholic, while the other half are largely Protestant. 

Often confused with its much larger neighbor to the east, the Republic of the Congo is a presidential republic. Denis Sassou Nguesso was president from 1979 to 1992. He returned to power in 1997, when he toppled the democratically elected president. 

Sassou is himself a Catholic. During his meeting with the Pope at the Vatican, they are expected to talk about the relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Congo, as well as the role of the Church in the country.


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