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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.

50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's election


Montini also strengthened ecumenical relations with the Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant churches, and led to historic agreements with them.

During his life, he was called 'the pilgrim Pope', for the many journeys he made during his pontificate. He even visited the US, India, Turkey and Iran.

In 2012, Benedict XVI declared him a 'venerable'. Currently, his cause for beatification is near completion.

u: BB