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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 Raymundo Damasceno, Benedict XVI host during trip to Brazil


Archbishop of Aparecida (Brazil)
October 21, 2009
"It's a body of service, of communion between the bishops' conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean. A body that offers help and services according to the needs of each bishop's conference.”

The trip ended up so well that in November 2010, Benedict XVI named him cardinal and in 2011, he was chosen as president of the Brazilian Conference of Bishops.