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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.

California surfers get an “awesome” autograph on their surfboard from the Pope

2016-06-12

This is the most valuable autograph that these two California surfers, Sean and Daniel, have in their possession. They both spearhead an organization that is allowing the rescue of many young people escaping war and poverty in Liberia.

SEAN BRODY
Surfer
"It's incredible. It's beyond what we could have imagined. To be honest when we first were asked to come here, we thought it was some sort of trick, and the more we learned. Now we´re here and it´s surpassed all of our expectations”.

Their initiative, Surf Resource Liberia, has joined Pope Francis' Scholas educational project. Both of them traveled to Rome for the closing of the Sixth World Congress.

In the short time they were at the Vatican, they could see the scope of this initiative that has brought together various sports and film stars on an international level. 

DANIEL HOPKINS
Surfer
"I think it went really well. I think ultimately it´s going to be a huge milestone for the global surf community to have this opportunity to have Pope  Francis to acknowledge the sport as a bridge towards peace and towards cultural interaction.”

The Scholas project is starting to emerge on a worldwide scale as the Pope's goal is aimed at using sport as a tool for transmitting values.

On several occasions, Pope Francis has underlined the importance of sports with its ability to train young people on values such as teamwork and overcoming difficulties.

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