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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.

Meet the man who dresses the most powerful men in the Church


For 50 years, Raniero Mancinelli has sewn garments for popes and cardinals. And he just got a few new clients. 

Ecclesiastical Tailor
"This morning, a dozen came by. Some want one thing and some want another. I try to please everyone.”

The vendor and his clients seem to disagree about who is getting the best deal.

Ecclesiastical Tailor
"It's very inexpensive. It doesn't cost much.”

Bishop of David (Panama)
"It's pretty, but he hasn't shown me the bill yet. The pain will come tomorrow, we'll see how it is.”

The next Cardinal of Panama wears a size 8 skullcap, while his biretta is size 58. It takes one week and more than seven meters of fabric to make a cardinal's cassock.

Ecclesiastical Tailor
"There are many cardinals who had already served as bishops, and we kept their measurements. However, I don't know some of the new ones, and I've taken their measurements.”

Now, Manchinelli is just waiting for the ceremony to create new cardinals. He is particularly excited for the moment.

There is very little to do for the ceremony, but Manchinelli will certainly have plenty of work in the future.