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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 canonizes two Indian saints and asks the country for a “new missionary drive”


On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Eufrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, two new saints from India. During the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis greeted pilgrims from the country, calling it a "great land of faith and religious vocation.”

"Let the Lord grant the Church in India – that is so good! – a new missionary drive so that, inspired by its example of concord and reconciliation, the Christians in India can proceed in the way of solidarity and fraternal coexistence.”

The Pope had also canonized the Italians Giovanni Antonio Farina, Ludovico da Casoria, Nicola da Longobardi and Amato Ronconi. He called upon the Italian people to follow their example and reawaken a spirit of reconciliation and unity for the common good.