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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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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.

Pope Francis reminds 7,000 elderly people about their “mission” in society


The pope, in an audience with 7,000 elderly people, reminded the world that it cannot look the other way in the face of their frailty. They educated the generation that today is leading society, and as grandparents they still have a lot to offer

"How many grandparents take care of their grandchildren, handing them down with humbleness the experience of life, the spiritual and cultural values of a community and a people.”

He said that, in a world that only values appearances and strength, their experience cannot be taken lightly: they are proof that every age has its meaning.

"As people of the so-called 'third age', you, and I, because I am a part of your group, are called to work to develop the culture of life, proving that each period of our existence is God's gift, and this one has its own beauty and importance, even if it is marked by frailty.”

Pope Francis thanked the institutions that look after the elderly for their work and dedication, but he also challenged them. He said a lot more can still be done to protect the dignity of the elderly from those who marginalize them because they consider them unproductive.