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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 appoints Chinese priest as Archbishop in Vatican


He will serve as secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, raising him to the status of Archbishop. 

This comes after recent tension between the two parties, when the Vatican accused China of oppressing religious freedom and attempting to control the conscience of its citizens and interfere in the internal affairs of the Catholic Church

Father Hon Tai-Fai will be in charge of choosing new bishops for 1/3 of the world.