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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 meets with president of Ecuador, to finalize details of trip


This is how Pope Francis welcomed the president of Ecuador,  Rafael Correa to the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. 

They met to finalize the details of the Pope's upcoming trip to Ecuador from July 6th to the 8th. 

"We feel great joy and gratitude. We're honored with your coming visit.” 

The president also took part in the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, titled 'Protect Earth, Dignify Humanity.' Also in attendance was the UN's Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. 

After their private conversation, the president introduced his delegation to the Pope. 

'May I interject? He is not a man of faith, but he is one of the finest people I've ever known. He is extraordinary.” 

"Take care of your people, your country.” 

"Thank you. Your message helps us a lot.” 

As a gift, the president gave the Pope an image of Our Lady of Quito. The Pope gave him the medallion of St. Martin, which is the one he usually gives to presidents and heads of state. 

As he said farewell, the Pope asked for his prayers. 

"We will be waiting with a lot of joy, hope and gratitude.”

"Pray for me.”