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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.

Vatican Christmas Tree arrives one day ahead of schedule


The Vatican's Christmas Tree arrived at St. Peter's Square earlier than expected. The giant fir tree left the Bavarian forest on Monday, and made the trek across the Alps and down Italy. 

On Thursday morning, workers placed the 45-year-old tree, with the help of a large yellow crane. It stands in the middle of the Square, next to the Obelisk. 

Workers are also building the giant metal skeleton that will hold this year's Nativity scene, which comes from Naples.