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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.

Group of miners say goodbye to Pope in general audience


Retired Miner

“Today we came to Rome to see the Pope, also because we want to be a witness of the brotherhood and friendship in the world. Unfortunately, we saw the Pope through television, we were not able to speak with him.”

They wanted to give him this brass lamp, which for them is the symbol of a miner. The number 262 marks the miners that were killed in an accident in Brussels, more than 50 years ago.