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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.

Expert on Papal Encyclical: The scientific debate is closed. Now, it's about morality

2015-06-16

The Pope's encyclical on the Ecology, has been applauded by many and even feared by some.  It's an encyclical on the need to care for Creation. A reflection on what every person can do, individually to help the environment. 

Some have argued, the Pope shouldn't weigh in on scientific matters. Others say, responding to climate change is no longer about science.  Now, it's about morality. 

GIUSEPPE ONUFRIO
Greenpeace Director, Rome
"The scientific debate is already closed. Now there's a need to let people know what needs to be done. The Pope's words are important in this matter because they call on everyone to respond. From other religious leaders to politicians who need to come out and say what they plan on doing about it.” 

Giuseppe Onfurio is the head of Greenpeace in Rome. He says the Pope needs to speak out about the issue because climate change is already affecting the most vulnerable communities- triggering droughts and hurricanes. It's something that leads to a loss of crops, hunger and massive migration. 

GIUSEPPE ONUFRIO
Greenpeace Director, Rome
"We see destructive natural phenomenons like hurricanes that come about more and more. In other parts of the country, we see extreme heat and this also has its consequences. That's what's happening now in California.”

He adds there are already sufficient funds to deal with climate change and green jobs. The biggest challenge he says, are political hurdles and big company interests. 

GIUSEPPE ONUFRIO
Greenpeace Director, Rome
"We're already seeing the effects. The effects of climate change are affecting the most vulnerable.” 

The Pope has often said in his catechesis that God always forgives, people sometime forgive, but Mother Nature, never does. 


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