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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.

New lights at St. Peter's Basilica allow visitors to see it as never before


For the last five days St. Peter's dome looked darker than usual. The Vatican decided to renovate the 315 lights of St. Peter's facade and dome, and this how they will look from now on. 

The new lighting system uses LED light points. It's the same system that was used to give the Sistine Chapel a new light.

Now, visitors will see St. Peter's Basilica like never before, including the balcony where new Popes greet pilgrims after being elected.