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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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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.

College of Cardinals left with 110 electors as Cuban Jaime Ortega turns 80

2016-10-18

Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega is no longer able to vote in a conclave since he turns 80 years old today. The College of Cardinals is now left with 110 cardinal electors.

24 were named by John Paul II
55 by Benedict XVI and
31 by Pope Francis

The Cuban cardinal was archbishop of Havana, one of the few to have hosted the last three popes. John Paul II visited in 1998, Benedict XVI in 2012, and Pope Francis in 2015. 

As a priest he was sentenced to forced labor. 

As a cardinal, he's had to deal with the difficult relations between the Castro administration and the Church, and he has earned the respect of the important actors in Cuban society, even those who opposed him. It was not easy. He always tried to speak with both parts, something that irritated those who opposed the dictatorship. 

He was a priest who kept an eye on social issues in his country. One of his greatest achievements was negotiating the permission for Caritas to work in the island in 1991.


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