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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.

Exclusive: Pope Francis visits Cardinal Jorge Mejía in the hospital


He arrived in a discrete car with local license  plates, not in a Papal vehicle. After greeting the Cardinal, the Pope stopped at the hospital's Chapel to pray along with the 13 nuns of the San José de Gerona Order, who work in the hospital.

The Pope made it a point to speak individually with the nuns and also with others who were in the Chapel. Before leaving he also thanked the medical personnel. Upon his arrival, many patients and their families made their way to the hospital's hall to greet the Latin American Pope.