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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 names lay Catholic as key player in choosing new bishops


The commission was originally created by Pope Pius XII in 1958 to provide support and advice for the churches of Latin America.

Until now, Professor Carriquiry was the undersecretary for the Pontifical Council for the Laity and bring years of experience working with the Church of Latin America, as well as different lay movements in the region.

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, the 67 year old Carriquiry is married with four children and has worked with the Holy See for over forty years; he was a collaborator of Paul VI, John Paul II, and currently Benedict XVI.