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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.

Pope asks artists to bring hope to the world


Benedict XVI
"You are thecustodians of beauty: thanks to your talent, you have the opportunity to speakto the heart of humanity, to touch individual and collective sensibilities, tocall forth dreams and hopes, to broaden the horizons of knowledge and of humanengagement. Be grateful, then, for the gifts you have received and be fullyconscious of your great responsibility to communicate beauty, to communicate inand through beauty! Through your art, you yourselves are to be heralds andwitnesses of hope for humanity!"

Benedict XVI
"Dear friends, thank you for your presence here today. Let the beauty that youexpress by your God-given talents always direct the hearts of others to glorifythe Creator, the source of all that is good. God’s blessings upon you all!"