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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.

Colombia's new ambassador discusses country's peace process with Pope


Colombia's Ambassador to the Holy See

"What struck me the most was the moving way in which he asked me to tell president Juan Manuel Santos, that he is sincerely interested in Colombia's peace talks. He said he hopes peace can become a reality for our country.”

Germán Cardona Gutiérrez also thanked the Pope for recently appointing a new Colombian cardinal. The future cardinal Rubén Salazar, also serves as the President of Colombia's Episcopal Conference.

Colombia's Ambassador to the Holy See

"It's a big responsibility because with a new cardinal, we could also have the opportunity to build and improve our relationship with the Catholic Church.”

Among those possibilities is an invitation Colombian bishops offered to Benedict XVI back in June, when they asked him to visit Colombia.

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