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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.

Two Years After John Paul II


In a moving tribute, Pope Benedict XVI remembered his predecessor at a memorial Mass in St Peter’s Square.




In his homily, he said John Paul gave his life to the Church without reserve.




Pope Benedict XVI

The intense and fruitful pastoral ministry, and even more the pain of Calvary and the peaceful death of our beloved Pope, revealed to men of our time that Jesus Christ really was his ‘all’”




And it was a witness that would touch the whole world.




Pope Benedict XVI

The sweet fragrance of the Pope’s faith, his hope and his charity filled his home, St Peter’s Square and the entire Church and it has spread throughout the whole world. 




A few hours before the Mass, the first phase of John Paul’s beatification process was formally closed at a ceremony in St John Lateran Basilica. 




All the documents gathered at a local level will now be sent to the Vatican for closer scrutiny.  Cardinal Camillo Ruini praised John Paul for his persistence in calling for peace and defending life.




Cardinal Camillo Ruini

Vicar of Rome

“The Pope truly knew how to make room for the suffering of the Cross, not only in his own life experience but also more deeply in its spiritual dimension.”




Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, his former private secretary, Polish president Lech Kaczynski, and Sister Marie Simon-Pierre were at the ceremony.




Just days before, the French sister spoke of how she was cured of Parkinson’s, allegedly thanks to the intercession of John Paul II.




Sister Simon Marie-Pierre

Nurse, Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood

I jumped out of bed and felt completely transformed.  I wasn’t the same inside.  It’s something that’s difficult to explain.




With the help of commissions in Rome, the Vatican will examine the evidence of the alleged miracle. 




But at the moment, John Paul’s prospects for beatification and possible canonization couldn’t be better.