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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.

Pietro Parolin chosen as Pope Francis right hand man to help in Curia reform


The Vaticans new secretary of state will be Archbishop Pietro Parolin. He was born in northern Italy, in the region of Veneto, 58 years ago. Archbishop Parolin studied Canon Law at Romes Gregorian University, and has been active in the Vaticans diplomatic corps since 1986.   

His career started off with the nunciatures in Nigeria and Mexico. He returned to Rome and worked from 2002 to 2009 with the Secretariat of State, as the undersecretary for relations with states. In 2009, Benedict XVI ordained him as archbishop and named him nuncio to Venezuela. 

With Pope Francis appointing him as the Vatican's Secretary of State, he now becomes the Pope's right hand man in helping with the daunting task of reforming the Roman Curia.