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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 accepts resignation of a Belgium Bishop who abused a young man


The bishop says over the last ten years he’s apologized to the victim and his family but he says that’s wasn’t enough for those affected including himself. Now, for the first time he’s making his apology public and stepping down.

Vangheluwe said, over the last couple of weeks his trauma has grown stronger after what he called a “media storm”. The bishop said it’s impossible to continue with this situation” and that’s why he presented his letter of resignation the Benedict XVI.

Vangheluwe once again apologized to the victim, the family, the Catholic community and society in general and expressed his sadness over the situation.