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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.

Best images of Benedict XVI in Benin


During his stay, he met with President of the Republic of Benin, Boni Yayi Thomas. He also visited the tomb of Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, one of the closest collaborators of John Paul II.

He reviewed issues with different religious leaders such as AIDS, the involvement of priests in politics, and the death penalty. He also stopped by a home for abandoned children at the Missionaries of Charity in the city of Cotonou.