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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.

Thousands of migrants rescued in past 48 hours from dramatic conditions in Mediterranean

2016-05-27

This is the shocking moment when a boat with 562 people on board completely capsized in the middle of the sea.

At the moment, 30 people have drowned. The Italian Navy is still searching for dozens of people who are missing.

Unstable ships have not stopped arriving full of what the Pope defines as victims of "forced migration.” One example was on Monday with 509 people aboard a ship and then this most recent ship with 562 passengers. 

Throughout Thursday night, the Italian Coast Guard rescued 117 people from one boat, and started again Friday morning when they rescued 217 passengers from another.

The route through Libya has reopened due to good weather and, above all, because of the closure of the border between Greece and Macedonia. The agreement between the European Union and Turkey has blocked the European route and many people are thrown into the sea from Libya, since the journey is longer.

Human traffickers have strengthened these alternative routes in recent weeks. European governments are far from providing security to those who have to flee war or hunger, but they have left thousands of desperate human beings at the mercy of mafias instead.

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