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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.

Meet Fafá de Belem, the popular Brazilian singer that introduced Pope Francis during WYD


Fafá de Belem is among the most popular singers in all of Brazil. In her long career there is one important distinction thats hard to imitate,to sing for three Popes. She did so before the trips John Paul II and Benedict XVI made to Brazil; and now, during WYD, she also sang forPope Francis.   

For the Opening Ceremony at Copacabana Beach, Fafá de Belem's performed in an elaborate stage set, featuring youth who presented Brazil's five main cultures to the Pope.