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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.

Taking Vacation in August? Vatican's digital doors stay open during holiday period


In August, Rome virtually   shuts down. Offices close their doors and people head out on vacation. But,  this  team from the Pontifical Council for Social  Communication knows  the news never stops...and jokingly, they say Pope  Francis doesnt stop  either. 

Pontifical Council for Social Communication, Secretary

"This is a man who has hit the ground running and it's clear that he will be around here in August and that keeps us all busy in the best possible way.”

Working in August is a rarity in Rome, but here a team of about five people, keep one of the Vatican's websites up to date.

The Vatican has its own newspaper. It also has a radio station and yet another team works at its television center.  All the content comes together here, at: news.va

Pontifical Council for Social Communication, Secretary
 "It's all gathered into kind of a mixing pot and then they choose which stories are the priorities within those and present those, bring them to news.va.”

Even in Rome's scorching heat, this will be one of the few Vatican offices that keeps its doors wide open, that includes its doors into the digital world.