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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 prays before the same Crucifix St. Francis prayed with 800 years ago


On Friday afternoon, Pope Francis prayed before the very same St. Damiano Crucifix that St. Francis was praying to when he heard a divine calling. As he was praying, St. Francis heard a voice that said Francis, Rebuild my Church. Throughout his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis has been accompanied by his new advisory council of eight cardinals.