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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.

What Bergoglio's press director remembers most about 'his boss'


Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Press Director 
"In that sense, he never wanted us to see him as a person with the type of an Archbishop or Cardinal, but just the opposite. He wanted us to see him as a person who was close to us.”

This apparently is something Bergoglio not only preached, but practiced. After working there for just a few months, Walls says his daughter got ill and had to be hospitalized. Despite their short friendship, Bergoglio did something he will never forget. 

Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Press Director 
"I felt that paternal sense from him. He would call me every single day to ask me how my daughter was doing. He would  tell me to not worry about work, to just focus my time and energy on my family.”

The Archdiocese got a call from the Pope, the day after he was elected. He apparently just wanted to check on the team and make sure everyone was doing well. He says old memories came back when he saw the newly elected Pope greeting pilgrims, and directly embracing them. 

Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Press Director 
"Back in Argentina, I would sometimes get in front of him to make way and let him pass through the crowds, but he would grab my arm and tell me: 'Don't worry about it, it's ok. Let them get close.'”

In Argentina, Bergoglio had a reputation for working with the poor, sick and underprivileged. Now Walls says he's hopeful that the same work Bergoglio brought to life in Argentina will be reflected even more in the Universal Church.