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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.

Laughs and good mood for meeting between Pope and Argentine president


"Who beings, me or the Holy Father?”

Kirchner gave the Pope a brown scarf for the cold months that remain ahead in Rome.

She also brought him a bag with all the equipment to make mate, the traditional beverage of Argentina, that the Pope welcomed with a smile. The president was at the center of another memorable moment, unclear on whether she could physically touch the Pope.

"I can't touch him! Or, can I?”

The Pope gave her a bas-relief of St. Peter's Square, and a kiss to thank her.

"It's a carving of St. Peter's Square.”

"To place on the wall?”

In addition, the Pope also gave him a book on ethics and social problems from a Catholic point of view.

The Argentine president arrived in Rome with several other government leaders and two ministers. One of them was confirmed by Pope Francis.

"Here is one confirmed by Your Holiness.”

After the informal meeting, the Pope invited them to lunch at Casa Santa Marta.

On Tuesday, they will be at the Inauguration Mass at St. Peter's Square, along with more than 130 other delegations and some 50 religious groups.

- JM
- BN