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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.

Nearly nine million Filipinos partake in Black Nazarene procession


Millions of people flocked to the streets of Manila to see the procession of the Black Nazarene, a darkened wood statue of Jesus carrying a cross.  

During the procession dozens of people attempted to kiss or rub the statue, believing it has miraculous properties.  

According to its story, a priest bought the Nazarene statue in Mexico in the 1600's. While on board a ship to the Philippines, it caught on fire, but instead of burning, it just turned a darker color.