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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 thanks the Salvation Army and its charitable works


A delegation of the Salvation Army met with Pope Francis in the Vatican. The main goal of this Evangelical organization is to carry out humanitarian work. 

"We are concerned about the ongoing societal evils such as slavery, human trafficking, addiction, the stigmatization of people who suffer with HIV.”

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865. It engages with the Catholic Church through the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. As a gift,  members of the delegation gave Pope Francis a book with its history.

"Let me thank you once more for this book.”

In return, the Pope thank them their work with the poor and needy as well as their missionary work of  evangelization.

The delegation gave Pope Francis an annual report of their activities before saying farwell.