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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 recalls the decisive role of John Paul II in the fall of the Berlin Wall

2014-11-10

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pope Francis highlighted that it was possible thanks to the efforts of many people, especially of one of this predecessors.

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"The fall happened unexpectedly, but it was possible thanks to the long and hard work of many people who fought for it, they prayed and suffered, some even sacrificing their lives. Among these, Pope Saint John Paul II had a leading role.”

Pope Francis called upon Christians to promote a culture of unity that demolishes walls and builds bridges.

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"Let's pray so that, with the help of God and the collaboration of all the men of good will, a culture of unity spreads and takes down all the walls that still divide the world, and so that innocent people are never again persecuted for their beliefs and their religion. Where there is a wall, there is a closed heart. We need bridges, not walls.”

The day also coincided with the feast for the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of Rome. The Pope said that every Christian is part of "God's building” which  brings with it the responsibility of living with coherence.

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"This is a Christian. Not because of what he says, but rather because of what he does, for his actions. This coherence, which gives us life, is a gift of the Holy Spirit, and we must ask for it.”

He also said that the "institutional elements, the structures and the pastoral organisms” must work in order to "give a testimony of faith,” a faith which is shown through charity. 


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