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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.

Benedict XVI Treated to a Concert, Invites Rome’s Poor


Benedict XVI
"I send a special greeting to the group of poor people served by Caritas in the diocese, I wanted to invite them to share these moments of joy."

For the occasion, the Estonian director Neeme Jarvi led the orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. The musical program included works by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, the Austrian Joseph Haydn, and one of the most important contemporary composers of sacred music, Estonian Arvo Pärt.

The Pope listened to Part’s work "Cecilia, virgine romana", a musical on the martyrdom of the patron saint of music.

Benedict XVI
"The most beautiful work of art, the masterpiece of human beings, is each of their acts of authentic love: from the smallest (in everyday sacrifice) unto the extreme sacrifice. At this point life itself becomes a hymn; an anticipation of the symphony we will sing together in heaven."

Benedict XVI is perhaps one of the most knowledgeable Popes of classical music. In his acceptance speeches after these concerts, he’s been the first pontiff whose teaching includes theological reflections on music.

He said that "music is the universal language of beauty" and even "music itself” can be a form of praying to God.