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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 Francis denounces the “intolerable brutality”of ISIS


Speaking to 50,000 pilgrims during his weekly Angelus prayer at St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis called on the crowd to pray for victims of violence in Iraq and Syria.

"Let us pray for those brothers and sisters in Syria and Iraq who suffer because of their faith ... We pray in silence."

A concerned Pope Francis said it is necessary to support persecuted Christians in the Middle East with persistent messages of encouragement.

"We don't forget them, moreover, we are close to them. We pray constantly for the earliest possible end to the intolerable brutality that victimizes them."

Pope Francis also called for an end to the violence in Venezuela. Anti-government protests have raged for days. Tension has increased since the death of a 14-year-old boy during the demonstrations. The Pope said he prays for him and that violence will give way to productive dialogue.

"I ask everyone to reject violence and respect the dignity of each person and the sacrality of human life. I invite the country to return to non-violent methods."

It was the second Sunday of Lent, the day the Church celebrates the Transfiguration of Jesus. That was a moment of glory before Jesus had to pass through Calvary. The Pope recommended that in moments of difficulty, Christians should remember this Gospel story. With it, Jesus wanted to send a message of hope to his disciples.