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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 sends condolences to the family of Oswaldo Payá, a Cuban dissident who died in a car accident


Both victims were political activists and leaders of this movement, which inspired by Christian values, openly opposes Cuba's Communist government.  Payá also led the "Heredia Project' which actively sought signatures to trigger changes in the Cuban government.
The telegram was signed by Msgr. Becciu, who is the 3rd in command at the Vatican's Secretariat of State. He was also the apostolic nuncio to Cuba between 2009 and 2011.