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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.

Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima inaugurated in former Gulag area of Kazakhstan


For Sunday's ceremony, the pope has appointed the Dean of the College of Cardinals, the Italian Angelo Sodano, as the papal legate.   

The day before there will be a Mass with pilgrims presided over by Cardinal Sodano. Then that evening a concert with the performance of Mozart's Requiem in honor of the victims that suffered in the Gulags. Then on Sunday, there will be an official dedication of this new cathedral.