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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.

The Vatican Information Service closes and sends its last issue


It was also the first first part of the Vatican to create a blog. Now 21 years later, its services will largely be handled by the newly created website news.va and the official bulletin of the Holy See. Starting in September, it will be available in English, Spanish and French.

The followers of the VIS can now receive a similar service from the daily bulletin to follow everything that is happening in and outside the Vatican walls.