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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.

Cardinal Gomes Furtado: I must do my best for “the Church and for humanity”


The Diocese of Santiago de Cabo Verde is the oldest Roman Catholic diocese in Africa. And now, for the first time since its founding nearly 500 years ago, a cardinal has come from its soil. 

Newly-created Cardinal Arlindo Gomes Furtado said the appointment was a joyful occasion for his small country, which is about 90 percent Catholic.

Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)
"It is the first time that the Pope nominated a cardinal from Cape Verde. The diocese is the oldest diocese in Africa. So my people are very joyful, and mutually, I am very glad for that.”

The induction ceremony was very emotional for the new cardinals, their families, and the many dignitaries who attended. But the cardinal believed Pope Francis' call for love and service was the highlight of the event.

Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)
"The ceremony was very simple, but it was very important for the message.”

Despite his meteoric rise within the Church, the cardinal did not exude ambition. Instead, he remains focused on his broader calling.

Bishop of Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)
"It is important that where I am, I do my best for the Church and for humanity. That is the most important.”

Cardinal Gomes Furtado is 65 years old, so he will be able to vote in Conclaves until 2029. He joins 14 other African cardinals who have the power to decide the next Pope.