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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.

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."

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.

Card. Tauran reflects on Paris terrorism attacks


Charlie Hebdo's attack in Paris, the killing of 100 children in Pakistan and Nigeria's  recent suicide terrorist attacks, show the danger religious extremism can trigger. French Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, President of the Vatican's Council for Inter-religious Dialogue reflected on the deadly attacks. 

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
"We always try to dialogue, but then these crimes occur and they have no possible justification. They don't follow true Islam either. They are very harmful as well, because they decrease the credibility of inter-religious dialogue. People get confused about whether they are true believers or not.”

The French Cardinal says religion does not  promote war and hate in the world, though some misuse it as a tool for violence. 

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialog
"Religion is part of the solution. One can't understand today's world without paying attention to religion. Religion plays a key role in the solution of these conflicts.”

After the attacks in Paris, some said the Vatican may be ISIS' next target. Cardinal Tauran doesn't think terrorists would go that far.

President, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialog
"Let's hope it doesn't happen, no.”

The Cardinal concluded that education is key in the fight against religious fundamentalism and in the movement to promote peace and dialogue.