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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.

Everything on the Virgin Mary in one smartphone app


A new app for smartphones and tablets lets you know all about the Virgin Mary.

It's called "iMaria” and contains the main prayers to the Blessed Mother such as the Rosary, the Hail Mary or the novena of the Immaculate Conception. It also explains their origins and how to pray them.

"iMaria” also has a section on Marian apparitions. Among them are the apparitions of Fatima, Portugal and Guadalupe, Mexico. 

It also lists the names that the Virgin Mary is known as around the world, divided continents. 

There's even a children's section called "The children and Mary” with adapted prayers and cartoon drawings. 

The app is available for iOS and Android smartphones in three languages: English, Spanish and Italian.