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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.

Vatican approves new name for California's former 'Crystal Cathedral'


Msgr. Tod D. Brown
Bishop of Orange, California
"I want to share with you the name of our future cathedral. It will be Christ Cathedral”.

The Cathedral was originally built as a protestant Church. Now, as part of the transition phase, it will be shared with its previous owners until aproximately 2015. The archbishop says the new title still respects the Cathedral's spiritual legacy.

The Cathedral has a capacity for 2,736 people. And for those who like music, it also houses the world's largest organ. The Pope recently saw pictures of the Cathedral, which he appeared to like very much.