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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.

UN Syrian Envoy thanks the pope for backing peace negotiations


The UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, did not hide his satisfaction after having met the pope.

UN Special Envoy to Syria of the Secretary
"The pope reminded us with this powerful message that the key is not a military solution, nor conquering one part of Aleppo, which does not mean winning the war. It is that in this moment, peace must triumph. With this message, the Holy Father has helped us because we need those who can break this spiral and convey this idea."

The situation in Syria is chilling, and the symbol of the drama is the city of Aleppo, where 350,000 people are trapped between bouts of al-Assad troops and rebels. In the last six days, 99 children have been killed, 203 people have been injured and two hospitals have been bombed. The UN representative said the only alternative is peace.

UN Special Envoy to Syria of the Secretary
"Have you seen the new type of bomb they are launching over Aleppo? It's called 'bunker-booster.' They are bombs used to destroy bunkers where planes and secret weapons are hidden in the wars, but not in a city. Do you realize what kind of weapons they are using right now?"

The UN Envoy is at the Vatican for this meeting, which brings together representatives of humanitarian-aid organizations within the Catholic Church, who are risking their lives to help people in these areas.

Over the past year, they managed to reach nine million people. However help is a temporary solution and they are urgently calling for peace.

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