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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.

Australian Archdiocese donates $100,000 for stem cell research


Cardinal George Pell, who announced the grant, says the Church is opposed to the use of embryos for research, but adult stem cells can be used to treat heart and liver disease.

It’s the fourth grant of its kind that the Archdiocese of Sydney puts forth for stem cell research.

In the last six years they’ve committed over $250,000 to research Parkinson’s disease, regenerative skin, and neurons all through adult stem cells.