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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.

Vatican responds to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

2014-09-26

The Convention of the Rights of the Child is only applicable to Vatican City State. This was the Holy See's response to the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations in Geneva.

Accordingly, the Convention can only apply to a territory that measures a half kilometer squared and its citizens that are comprised mostly of diplomatic personnel. 

It notes that attempting to implement the Convention "in the territory of other States could constitute a violation of the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of States.”

It also states that it is "unacceptable” that they ask the Church to change its position regarding abortion because it is "incompatible” with the objectives of the Convention. On the contrary, it asks to protect the rights of children. 

The Vatican expressed its gratitude to the Committee who praies the openness, constructive dialogue and willingness of the Holy See delegation to change its attitudes and practices. 

The Committee, however, criticized the Holy See for promoting marriage between a man and a women instead of "diverse forms of families”. Nonetheless, the Vatican responded saying that "diverse forms of families” are not defined in principle by the Convention. They also underlined that the International Bill of Human Rights solely promotes the family as the "natural and fundamental group unit of society” and "should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance” by society and the State. 


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