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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.

Special website and papal logo released for Pope's upcoming visit to Lebanon


The logo includes the colors of Lebanon, as well as a dove as a symbol of peace. There's also a cedar tree in the middle that represents the country and a cross on the right.

On the web, the official schedule for the trip can be followed to see all of the pope's meetings during his time there. It also includes a biography of Benedict XVI, some keys points of the Catholic Church in the Middle East, and will later publish all of the pope's speeches in Lebanon.

The website is available in four languages: Arabic, French, English and Italian.