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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.

'Vatileaks' trial hearing kicks off next Saturday


The pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, is charged with 'aggravated robbery' for his role in the Vatileaks case. If found guilty he could face up to six years in prison.

His alleged accomplice, Claudio Sciarpelletti, who worked as a computer programmer in the Vatican's Secretariat of State, is accused of playing a role.

The hearing will begin at 9.30 a.m. and end at 12.30 p.m. Eight journalists will be allowed inside, but no photographs, video or recording devices of any kind, will be allowed.