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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.

Pope Francis meets with Argentine Nobel Peace prize winner


The brief meeting between the two Argentinians marked the first time the Pope met with a civilian, rather than a political or religious leader. 

It was emotional, and more than a meeting, it resembled a reunion between two long-time friends. They spoke about martyrs from the Americas, the Pope's choice to call himself Francis, ecumenism and protecting the environment. They also spoke about the Pope's first audience, with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. 

They said goodbye with an embrace, and Pope Francis asked Esquivel to pray for him.