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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 to visit world's largest Marian shrine at Aparecida during WYD trip to Brazil


But also, Aparecida has another special meaning for Pope Francis. In 2007, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, he led the group that drafted the declaration of the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Aparecida Document is considered today as an indispensable point of reference for the Church in Latin America.

The Vatican will release the full details of his visit and his itinerary for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro on May 7.

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