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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.

Vatican studies the life of Jacinto Vera, first possible saint from Uruguay


"I met this man who everyone said was holy. Everyone that knew him described him as a saint and I translated the text from his life into a novel. I felt the need to tell Jacinto's life so that, in the same way that his example had a strong impact on me, I wanted to share that experience with others.”

His biographer, Laura Alvarez, originally was not a believer, however, while writing the book, Vera's life brought her closer to faith.

"I was from a secular community, and I came from a family that was not Catholic by any sense, actually they were very much anticlerical. Then I came upon this Uruguayan saint, the first time I heard about him it caught my attention. I said 'no, this can't be, we could have other types of great characters in Uruguay, but the possibility of a saint was not as clear'.”

With his missionary journeys and by creating the first seminary in Uruguay, Jacinto Vera became a key figure in the history of the Catholic Church for the South American country.