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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 on immigrants: For Christians, “no one is a stranger”


The Pope said that migrants do not pose a threat to society, but instead contribute to the countries that receive them. 

Speaking to participants of the World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the Pope stressed that all people have a right to improve their lives. For this reason, he said immigration is a doorway to hope for many people who lack opportunities in their country of origin. 

"Above all in areas of the world in difficulty, where the lack of work prevents individuals and their families from achieving a dignified life, there is a strong drive to seek a better future wherever that may be, even at the risk of disappointment and failure. This is caused in great part by the economic crisis.”

Pope Francis said that for the Church "no one is a stranger”. He explained that people's dignity does not hinge on their religion, ethnicity, or their productive capacity. 

Concluding his address, the Pope said that migrants are "a reminder of the need to eradicate inequality, injustice and abuses.”