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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.

Piecing Back Together Raphael‘s Masterpiece

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But this work of art is no stranger to restoration. It was a wedding gift to Lorenzo Nasi, a good friend of Raphael around the year 1505. Not long had passed before an earthquake levelled Lorenzo’s house along with the painting in 1548. The painting shattered into several pieces and since then it has been restored several times.


This last restoration has been one of the longest using the latest technological procedures, including x-rays that reveal the fractures it endured almost 500 years ago.


Thanks to the restoration, today visitors of the Uffizi in Florence can enjoy this masterpiece in one piece.