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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.

Coffin of John Paul II has been moved from it's tomb


It was a simple ceremony that was the first of the planned events for the beatification.

The casket of John Paul II is composed of three sections. One of wood, which is what was seen during the funeral, another is made of lead and the third is of timber, which is what is seen here.

At the end, the coffin was covered by a solemn white and gold fabric and then placed in front of the tomb of St. Peter. It will remain there until after the beatification ceremonies.  

The slab of stone covering the tomb to this point will be given away to the new church dedicated to the Blessed John Paul II, which is being built in Krakow, the home town of Karol Wojtyla.