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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 Officials who rescue Immigrants: I admire you. I feel humbled next to you


Pope Francis met with eight members of the Italian Coast Guard in Vatican City. The sailors come to the aid of migrants who try to reach the island of Lampedusa in rickety boats.

Marianna Maria told the Pope how she once helped a ship that traveled with more than 770 passengers.

"Certainly, the lasting memory I have of the experience is the eyes of those people. We only saw very sad eyes.”

The Pope heard moving testimony from the military. Another sailor explained what he found most shocking when reaching a boat full of people in need.

"They applaud as loud as a stadium full of people after we offer them nothing but a ladder onto our boat.”

Pope Francis said he especially appreciated the work of these professionals because they risked their lives to help others.

"I feel admiration for you, really. I feel small."

Before leaving, they gave the Pope a wooden cross. It is made from the remains of the ships that tried to reach the shores of Europe. Thousands have sought a better life this way.