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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's butler, Paolo Gabriele, will remain in prison for roughly 10 more days


Vatican spokesman

"The judge believes that the information gathering phase should end. In the meantime, things still need to be sorted out, so there will be an extension and he will remain in custody for more days, even though the 50 day period has already passed.”

During this extension period the investigation on the confiscated Papal documents will be completed. Then, more people will be interviewed, and that includes questioning the Pope's butler once again.
Vatican spokesman

"The formal questioning will be the last part of the investigation stage and is expected to be completed in about 10 days.”

If the judge decides there will be a trial, neither the trial nor the verdict would take place before the month of October.
In addition, the commission of three cardinals who were assigned to work on the Vatileaks investigation, will finish a report on the matter this week. The commission is planning on sending the report to the Pope by next week.

Vatican spokesman

"It is anticipated that the committee will meet with the Pope next week to present the results of their research. This will be the last week of work. Then the Pope will be able to draw his own conclusions.”

At this point, the Vatican's spokesman has denied that three other accomplices worked with Gabriele in the leaking of confidential documents.