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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.

Cardinal Ravasi to Pope: Your prayers will be like Moises' atop the mountain to support Israel


During the first day of the retreat, Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi delivered his first of many talks, where he cited Moses during this period of transition for the Church.

Ravasi quoted the Old Testament, saying Benedict's future role as former Pope, and his prayers for the Church, will be similar to Moses' prayers atop a mountain, in helping the people of Israel in their struggle against Amalek.

The spiritual exercises will continue daily, at the Redemptoris Mater Chapel, until Saturday morning.