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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.

English bishops give their Olympic 'stamp of approval' to games


Archbishop Nichols noted that like the Olympics, "postage stamps have the ability to draw people together, nationally and internationally,” saying "stamps remind of the important values which are the foundation for the Olympic Games”.

So far the Games have been viewed as a huge success with a memorable opening ceremony and the country's ability to accommodate the number of visitors. The closing ceremony will be held on August 12th, bringing an end to the XXX Olympic Games in London.