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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 accepts resignation of German bishop who used $42 million renovating his home

2014-03-26

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the German bishop who misused Church funds to renovate his home in the Diocese of Limburg. The Vatican says Msgr. Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst can no longer have a "fruitful exercise of his ministry.”

He spent around $42 million renovating the episcopal home and in building a new pastoral center. Initially, the diocese had only approved a budget of $6.8 million for the renovation. 

When the press made it public, the German Bishops' Conference appointed a Commission to study the case. Its president, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, went to Rome in October to inform the Pope about the case. 

These past few months, the Vatican studied the  Commission’s report. According to an official statement published today, Franz-Peter Tebartz "will in due course be assigned a different role.”


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