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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.

Martyrs of Otranto, entire village that chose death instead of renouncing their faith


Their beheaded and decapitated bodies remained unburied for about a year, until the Ottomans were expelled from Otranto. Since them, they've venerated as martyrs.

After several historical searches that confirmed the story, in 2001 the Vatican recognized a miracle attributed to the martyrs, the healing of a consecrated woman who suffered from metastatic cancer. The miracle which paved the way for their canonization.