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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 Francis listed among Forbes most powerful people

2014-11-07

Forbes Magazine has published its annual list of the world's most powerful people. Among the top 5 is Pope Francis

In fact, the Pope is the only non political figure in the top ranking. He came in at number 4, just ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As the spiritual leader of one sixth of the world's population, Pope Francis leads a Church with approximately 1 billion people. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin came in at number one, followed by U.S president Barack Obama. China's president Xi Jinping, came in at number three. 

Decisions are made based on money, influence and the impact their decisions have. 

Interestingly, the list also includes the founder of the Islamic State, Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, who was ranked at number 54. 

The eldest person on the list is the king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. At 90 years old, he came in at  number 11. The youngest, is 30 year old Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. 

The list of 72 people include nine women.  In addition to Angela Merkel, there's Janet Yellen, president of the US Federal Reserve. 


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