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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: “The coming of Christ rips the world of darkness”


Benedict XVI
“Dear brothers and sisters, I am pleased to welcome this first general audience of the new year and I wholeheartedly wish you and your families my heartfelt Christmas greeting.”

The pope went on to say that the sense of joy and light one feels during the season, comes from the moment God became man.

Benedict XVI
 “Christmas is the time when Heaven and Earth meet and expressions of joy we feel during these days reflect the greatness of what has happened.”

Through the Eucharist, said the pope, God once again, truly becomes present in the world.

Benedict XVI
"The coming of Christ rips the world of darkness, it fills the Holy night with glow and it spreads the splendor of God on  mankind.”

Among the thousands of people, there was a choir group from the U.S that sang a short carol for the pope.