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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 sends condolences in light of Margaret Thatcher's death


The message highlighted Thatcher's Christian values, her promotion of religious liberty and her commitment to public service.

The Pope also expressed his spiritual closeness to Thatcher's family, and British people as a whole.

Back in September 2010, when Benedict XVI visited the UK, he met with many politicians at the London's Westminster Abbey.  Among those leaders was the so called 'Iron Lady.'”