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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.

On Wednesday's General Audience a group of circus performers wowed the crowd, as well as Pope Francis. They are a part of the Golden Circus International Festival, taking place in Rome.

The simultaneous performances included jugglers, acrobats, a unicycle and even clowns with furry ferrets. The Pope looked pleased with the performance and even clapped along to the music at times. 

This year's edition of the festival is dedicated to Latin American performers, and one of them was donning an outfit with the Brazilian flag.

The Pope congratulated them for their performance and tasked them with conveying joy and brotherhood during their performances.