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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.

How to see the Vatican from anywhere in the World


Pope John Paul II sent the first papal email. Pope Benedict XVI was the first pope with a Twitter account. And Pope Francis started Scholas Labs. The Vatican has been using the Internet to connect with the Church's peripheries for years.

And one of the lesser known services it offers are webcams. The Holy See has set up cameras at key spots throughout Vatican City.

Views include:

- The Dome of St. Peter's Basilica, as seen from the Vatican Gardens.
- St. Peter's Square, as seen from the Colonnades.
- St. Peter's Square and the city of Rome, as seen from the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica.
- The Tomb of Saint Pope John Paul II, in the grottoes of St. Peter's Basilica.
- The Governorate Palace, as seen from the Dome of St. Peter's Square.
- Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence.

The webcams can be viewed anytime at vaticanstate.va 

While these views aren't a substitute for an actual visit to Rome, they are a nice way to just check in and see what's happening around some of the Catholicism's most famous sites.