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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 to Roman Parish: Remember that Christmas is not about gifts or parties


 The Pope left the Vatican for a few hours to visit a local Roman parish, San Giuseppe all'Aurelio

The celebration marked the Third Sunday of Advent, which is also known as the Sunday of joy. In his homily, the Pope talked about why Christians should reflect the happiness that comes with the season. 

"On this Sunday, the Church looks ahead to the joy of Christmas, which is precisely why it's known as the Sunday of joy.” 

He reminded the parishioners that Christmas is about a lot more than gifts and parties. 

"Some will say, 'Father we organized a party and everyone is happy.' This is fine. Parties are good, but they are not the core of the Christian joy we're talking about.” 

He then explained that Christian joy is one that comes with prayer and with giving thanks to God

"So how should we give thanks? Reflect on your life and think about all the good things you have. There are so many of them. Some will say, 'yes, but my life has had its share of bad things.' Yes, that's true, but that happens to every one of us. Think about the positive. There are  people who don't know how to give thanks to God. They're always complaining about something. There was this nun I knew, not here. She was a good person, she worked, but she always complained. She complained about everything....In the convent, they nicknamed her, Sister Complaints.” 

He also talked about the need for Christians to embrace the joys that come with the Gospel and to share it with others. 

In his visit, the Pope also met with the sick and also with children. He also took the time to confess some of the parishioners. 

Before going back to the Vatican, he took a pictures with the choir