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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 welcomes president of the Swiss Confederation, on key anniversary for both States


The president was accompanied by a group of six people. Each one individually greeted the Pope. May 6th marks a key anniversary for the Church and Switzerland. On that very day back in 1527, a total of 147 Swiss soldiers died defending Pope Clement VII, during an attack that's now known as the 'Sack of Rome.'

As a gift, Pope Francis gave the president a large papal medallion.