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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 Francis sends letter to young prisoners in California


Some of the letters read, Dear Pope Francis:

"Tonight we pray for all victims of violence. The families of people we have hurt need healing.”

Another says, "You inspire me. I promise to be sober.”


"I hope I will be given a second chance and receive a blessing from you.”

In response, Pope Francis recently sent a personal thank you letter, signed directly by him, where he asks the director of the JRJI program to  'Please tell the young people that I am remembering them in my prayers.'