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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 asks not to “close doors” on the needy in his message for Lent

2016-01-26

Pope Francis said it earlier this year and now he repeats the same idea in his message for Lent to diplomats. In his speech, he urges rich societies to not close their doors to the needy.

Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, was in charge of  presenting this message. His diocese includes the island of Lampedusa, the scene of dramatic shipwrecks and barges full of refugees.

CARD. FRANCESCO MONTENEGRO
Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy)
"I think that in politics the word 'accompany'  does not exist. We are faced with this situation, I saved your life, I give you a plate and a roof.' But the risk is that everything ends there.”

The Pope reaffirmed his call for solidarity on Lent this year, where the Catholic Church is in conversion with the spirit of penance.

Pope Francis warns against the side effects of welfare and wealth. He says they can push society into utter indifference to the needs of the poor who come knocking at their doors. 

Given the wave of refugees arriving in Europe in September, Pope Francis asked the parishes of the 'Old Continent' to get involved in accepting each family of refugees. In Rome, the Pope has asked to not only provide shelter but to imitate the Good Samaritan.

CARD. FRANCESCO MONTENEGRO
Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy)
"The term accompaniment means I get next to you, like a good Samaritan, lifting the wounded man. I think this is the duty of the Church.”

A spokesman for the Vatican said that the reception of refugees is a process that requires some time.

FR. CIRO BENEDETTINI
Vatican spokesman
"It's not so easy, you can not take a refugee to the first site you come across. You need to prepare a structure and this often takes time.”

Lent begins on February 10th and just two days later, on the 12th the Pope will travel to Mexico. 

He will visit some of the most violent areas of the country, including a border town where many immigrants try to cross over to the United States.


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