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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."
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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 Saturday, Pope Francis will meet with the president of the Republic of Cyprus. This Mediterranean island has a population of roughly a million people. Most of them are Christians: 73%  belong to the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus, whereas 25% of the population are Muslims.

Although the Republic of Cyprus claims sovereignty of all the island, its north part was occupied by Turkish forces that founded there the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern-Cyprus.

The Republic of Cyprus is a presidential republic and joined the European Union in 2008. Nicos Anastasiades has been its president since 2013. 

During his meeting with the Pope at the Vatican, they could talk about promoting peace on the island, the impact of the economic crisis in the island, as well as the relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Cyprus, and the role of the Church in the country.


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