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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.

Tears of joy during Pope's audience with Slovak ambassador to Holy See


Pope Francis welcomed the new Slovakian ambassador to the Holy See, Peter Sopko. During the audience, the ambassadors mother was unable to hold back tears of joy when she met Pope Francis.

The Pope showed that he knows how to handle these moments quite well.  He warmly approached the ambassador and his family, and even joked with the woman and convinced her to take a photo together.

Sopko has an extensive diplomatic career. He was ambassador of his country in South Korea and Belgium. During the past few years, he served as the director for Slovak international diplomatic protocol. But as he presented his letter of accreditation to the Pope, it was his mother who received the most attention.