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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 Francis meets with the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg


Pope Francis met with the Grand Duchess María Teresa of Luxembourg today at the Apostolic Palace. 

In a brief meeting, María Teresa of Luxembourg spoke to him about her family and thanked him for his welcome. 

- "All the children, the whole family”
- "There are five, no?
- "Five, Five. A girl and four boys”.

María Teresa and her husband, Henry, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, were in Rome on April 27 for the Canonization Mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.