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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.

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."

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.

President of Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, Zygmunt Zimowski, has passed away


Zygmunt Zimowski passed away yesterday evening. He was the Polish president of the Vatican department responsible for giving pastoral guidelines on health.

This humble and smiling Polish archbishop was 67-years-old and served the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers since 2009. 

He had been sick for years. In fact, Pope Francis had recently called him to say that he was praying for him.

He was a strong advocate of life and the dignity of the sick.

President, Council for Health Care Workers
"Dignity is not lost when one is weak. As Christians, we don't just take physical strength into account, but also the strength of our spirit.”

Ever since Benedict XVI called him to the Vatican, he worked hard to help priests and nuns care for the sick and organized important meetings on the spiritual care of people with autism, Alzheimer's and the deaf.

President, Council for Health Care Workers
"The sick need, above all, to have closeness. The Church does everything to be truly a Good Samaritan, to help our brothers and sisters who need us so much.”

He had one of his last speeches before Pope Francis, where he spoke about a fellow countryman named, John Paul II, a Pope that left a profound message in his life in regards to the dignity of the sick.

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