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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.

A look at the Pope's powerful visit to an immigrant shantytown


The Pope had planned to visit a parish but asked his driver to stop here while on the way.

"There are refugees from many places here."

No one knew about the visit. It was a huge surprise, and the residents rushed to meet Pope Francis.

"Oh God! How exciting!”


Instantly, a swarm of people surrounded Pope Francis. Everyone asked for his blessing, they held his hand and captured the moment with their cell phone cameras. The Pope exuded happiness.

"Eat well, huh?"

Then Pope Francis asked them to pray with him.

– "Who speaks Castilian?"
– "All of us."
– "We are from South America."

The Pope said goodbye, to applause, with one of his usual requests.

"God bless you. Pray for me".

"We are very happy."
"Pray for me."

- JM
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