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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.

Rapper Monk from the Bronx marks Pope Francis' first year with new song


Pope Francis inspires all kinds of artists, and Stan Fortuna is no exception. He's a Franciscan monk who sings...and raps. 

In the Bronx, New York, he's mostly known as the rapping monk. His goal is to make the youth understand the message of the Catholic Church. 

With a song called "Pope Francis,” he celebrates the first year since the Pope's election.  He even hopes to get some attention from the young people of NYC.

Written in English and Spanish, the song will be released in the album "Word World.” Its video clip features some of the most memorable moments in Pope Francis' pontificate. 

At one point Jazz was his favorite, but Stan Fortuna quickly took up the "poetry of the streets,” and became famous thanks to his song "Everybody Got 2 Suffer.

All sales from his music album will be donated for social initiatives that help the poor and needy in Uganda, Poland and, of course, the Bronx

Stan Fortuna