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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.

Hundreds of migrants are feared dead, as boat capsizes in the Mediterranean

2015-08-06

Hundreds of migrants who were trying to reach Italy are feared dead. 

According to the latest reports, a boat carrying 700 immigrants took off from Libya and was making its way through the Mediterranean. 

The boat was unstable. Rescue teams were called in, but in their desperation, it seems too many migrants rushed to one corner of the boat, which led the vessel to capsize. 

About 300 people were rescued on Wednesday August 5th,  but the next morning, rescue teams were still trying to find hundreds of possible survivors. 

Pope Francis has constantly reiterated the need for the international community to help manage this immigration crisis and prevent deaths. 

In 2015 alone, an estimated 2,000 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean. It's an increase when compared to last year, when an estimated 1,607 migrants were reported dead. 

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