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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 ranks 5 in Forbes 'Most Powerful' list


Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, came in sixth, making her the most powerful woman in the world.  

Following UK prime minister, David Cameron at number seven, is an interesting selection of Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US federal reserve, which controls printing money in the United States.  

After the Pope, the next religious leader to make the list is the Dalai Lama at number thirty-nine.