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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 names Pietro Parolin as Vatican's new Secretary of State


Pope Francis took another important step in his overhaul of the Vatican power structure. He named Pietro Parolin as the Secretary of State, his most important appointment to date in his four month pontificate.  

Just days after his election, the Pope provisionally ratified all appointments to the Roman Curia, including 78-year-old Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as the Secretary of State. Benedict XVI extended the cardinal's mandate on two occasions, and during the Sede Vacante period, Bertone presided over the Vatican's papal transition as Camerlengo.

With this new appointment, the Pope has chosen the person who will become his right-hand man in the challenging task of reforming the Curia and the Catholic Church. 

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