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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.

Montreal Diocese launches online blessing campaign


The concept is simple, just visit www.beblessed.ca. Taking a cue from popular phone designs, users must make the sign of the cross on the screen, and the blessing from the archdiocese will appear. 

The blessings are based on the Urbi et Orbi messages issued by Popes. The archdiocese says the goal is to reach younger generations. The site is available in French, English and Spanish.