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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.

Pilgrims go to St. Peter's Square to thank Benedict XVI


"It really exciting to see how people react and how big this is for Rome and Italy actually.”

"This Pope has been fantastic in his great leadership to the Catholic Church and good luck for whoever they choose next.”

"I would tell him that he showed a lot of courage in taking this decision and I wish him the best for the rest of his life.”

"It's nice to be here, but I think when we get a new Pope, he needs to bring a lot of people, young people back into the Church.”

"We thought we would love to come down and see the last few days of the Pope. I suppose it's something difficult. It's unusual. I feel its a new start, I feel it's a new start and the Catholic Church needs a new start.”