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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.

A 'papal hat' too big for the Pope


This time Pope Francis couldn't exchange his papal hat with a young man who offered him a new one during his visit to Assisi. It was too big. It's becoming a new tradition. Every time someone gives the Pope a new papal hat, he exchanges it for the one hes wearing at the moment.  

Last April, an American couple gave him one, but the Cardinal who had introduced them kindly told them that it couldn't be done. But the Pope immediately grabbed their 'papal hat' and gave them his. 

That image traveled the world, and ever since then, many people have done the same. Unfortunately, this time around, the hat was just too big, and the Pope had to give it back.