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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 to Thailand's Prime Minister: “Please, pray for me”


Pope Francis and Thailands Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, met at the Vatican. During their meeting they talked about the relationship between the Asian state and the Church, stressing that working together has proved extremely successful when it comes to the countrys education and social assistance programs.  

The Thai Prime Minister gave the Pope a set of fine-jewelled candle holders. Pope Francis gave her a pen that resembles the design of St. Peter's  altar columns. 

As they said farewell, the Pope said a few words in English, asking the prime minister for a favor. 

"Please, pray for me. God to bless you.”

After the meeting, the Thai delegation met with the Vatican's Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.