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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.

Members of Syrian opposition gather in Rome to ask for a political solution


"We address all Syrians, particularly the youth: We will build our future with our hands. Together let us build a democratic, civil, peaceful and pluralistic Syria.”

Among other things, they call for the United Nations to be the only international entity to organize humanitarian assistance in Syria. 

Sant'Egidio Community (Italy)
"What solution can more weapons and more violence bring? More violence? The question is what will truly lead to democracy?”

For the past year and a half, a civil conflict has turned into a civil war. More than 25,000 people have died, and up to a million have been displaced. 

Like other recent uprisings in the Middle East, the situation is complicated.  Opponents want a change in government, but this hasn't been welcomed by the ruling party, especially since the Syrian Army was reportedly ordered to open fire on civilians. 

President, Sant'Egidio Community,  (Italy)
"Even when violence seems justified, it destroys the equilibrium of a society and today, that equilibrium in Syrian society is extremely fragile.”

Sant'Egidio Community (Italy)
"They are fighting for a democratic Syria that respects dignity, liberty and justice.”

They're hoping the resolution won't just be symbolic gesture, but one that's taken seriously back at home.