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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.

Pope's last 'escapade' of 2012, prayer before the Nativity display at St. Peter's Square


On site, he prayer alongside the creator of the Nativity set, modelled after the city of Matera (Italy), the same region where the “Passion of the Christ” was filmed. 

Benedict XVI greeted the leaders of the region of Basilicata, who financed the Nativity set. He also thanked the band director of the Swiss Guard for living up the visit.