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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 announces Philadelphia as next location for World Meeting of Families


He also announced that the next World Meeting of Families will be in the United States in 2015.

"With joy I announce that the next World Meeting of Families in 2015 will take place in the city of Philadelphia in the United States of America."

Also, in light of the recent earthquake that hit northern Italy, the pope said he would send 500,000 euros to help families effected by the disaster.

- BN