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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 meets with president of Montenegro to ratify bi-national agreement


The agreement which was signed in 2011, recognizes the juridical status of the Catholic Church in that country. It also highlights freedom of worship and “freedom of action” in education, culture, pastoral care and charity.

Montenegro declared its independence back in 2006. During their meeting,  president Vujanovic, also thanked  the Holy See for following the progress of the country, including its attempt to reach full European integration.