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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 moves from jail cell to house arrest. Now, he awaits judge's decision


The butler was in a Vatican prison cell for 60 days. But since July 21st, he has been under house arrest inside his residence, which is within Vatican State territory. There, he lives with his wife and two children.

At this point, his activities are monitored, but according to the Vatican's spokesperson, he has access to "medical assistance, spiritual help, visits and he may attend Mass accompanied.”

Months ago, the Pope's butler was arrested, while carrying confidential Vatican documents.
If the Vatican decides to  go ahead with a trial, the Pope's butler could face between one and six years in prison.