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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 jokes with Bulgarian bishops during 'ad limina' visit

2014-02-13

(-JUST VIDEO-) Pope Francis received Bulgarian bishops in their "ad limina” visit to the Vatican. The Pope urged them to promote a more "intense and brotherly” dialogue with the Orthodox Church. He also asked their dioceses to attend the canonization of John Paul II, "the first Slavic Popec”. 

The gathering also had time for jokes: when one of the bishops asked the Pope to stand to his left in the photograph, Pope Francis answered that  he was afraid of being confused with "impenitent thief” crucified to the left of Christ.


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