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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.

Catholics will participate in the Jubilee with concrete gestures of mercy

2015-03-31

Archbishop Rino Fisichella is still finalizing details for the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy. All that is known is that it will begin on December 8th.

ARCH. RINO FISICHELLA
Organizer, Jubilee of Mercy
"We are preparing the calendar. But Pope Francis must approve it.”

The Jubilee's chief organizer anticipates that it won't be a self-referential event. Rather, the Jubilee will function as an invitation to every Catholic to carry out concrete, merciful gestures.

ARCH. RINO FISICHELLA
Organizer, Jubilee of Mercy
"Christians will have to become instruments of mercy, witnesses of mercy, mercy agents. And not with words but with concrete actions.”

All indications suggest that this jubilee will be filled with strong gestures. For instance, after speaking about the importance of seeking forgiveness from God, the Pope publicly went to confession. 

Pope Francis will proceed with the official indiction on April 11th, the eve of the feast of Divine Mercy. He will deliver the official Bull of Indiction at the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica. The text will includes dates and explain what Catholics are expected to do in the Holy Year.


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