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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.

UN issues “List of Shame” for groups that recruit and use children in armed conflicts


The 2011 report was released this week. It includes countries like Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Yemen and most recently Syria.

The report also lists armed groups in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq and Syria that have attacked, raided and even destroyed schools, while threatening teachers, students and even medical personnel who work in hospitals.

On a positive note, the countries of Nepal and Sri Lanka were taken off the list after undergoing changes to stop the recruitment of children in armed conflicts.