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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.

Vatican Bank has new president: Ernst Von Freyberg, from Germany


Vatican spokesman

"He mostly lives in Frankfurt, that's his main residence. But he travels quite a bit, since he has to attend to different jobs. He will probably spend three days a week here in Rome. He will have a consistent and continuous presence here, but not exclusive.”

The Vatican Bank is known as the IOR, which stands for Institute for Religious Works. Its assets total about 6 billion euros. It has 130 employees and manages about 44,000 accounts.

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