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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.

Festive atmosphere takes over St. Peter's Square as pilgrims welcome the Pope


"I'm playing the guitar because I'm very excited about this Pope. He is exactly the person the Church needs right now.”

"I'm curious, I hope to see him, because he is newly elected. I hope that he will be a good Pope, a guide to other people and an example to humans, to children, for people who has suffered too much.”

"We are very happy and full of joy. It's truly a blessing to have this Pope. It's been great so far. He's showing his humility to the entire world.”

They came from all over the world. Some asked for the day off, some even slept here to get a good spot. Others didn't take it quite that far.

"We came as part of our class. But not everyone made out. Some didn't get up on time and they 're still sleeping. But that's ok, we are here representing them.”

"It is a very nice moment for me I'm here for the Pope I feel a strange feeling.”

They came to wish the Pope a good Pontificate and also to be part of history, as the first Latin American leads the Catholic Church.