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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.

World's biggest Shrine attracts more than 10 million visitors in Aparecida, Brazil


The month with the highest number was October, with more than 1.2 million people. On November 13th, when the National Youth Pilgrimage was celebrated, roughly 200,000  young adults visited the shrine that day alone. 

The history of the shrine goes back to 1717, when according to tradition, a group of fishermen, was having trouble catching fish. Despite their frustration, they threw their nets in the water once again, but this time, they caught a small statue of the Virgin Mary. The very next time they threw the nets, they caught plenty of fish. So, the son of one of the fisherman built a small chapel and placed that small statue there, to honor Our Lady, who would eventually become the future patroness of Brazil.

Benedict XVI also visited the shrine back in 2007 during his first trip to Latin America.

 - BN