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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.

Check out what the Pope is doing this week!


On Monday, May 18th, Pope Francis will meet with members of the Italian Episcopal Conference for the opening of the general assembly of Italian bishops.

The Pope will hold his general audience open to the public on Wednesday, and thousands of pilgrims are expected in St. Peter's Square.

There will be a press conference in the Holy See Press room on Thursday May 21st to discuss an upcoming women's conference. It is being organized by the  Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations and the International Alliance of Women's Life and Family. The conference will take place from May 22nd to May 24th.

On Saturday, the Pope will head to Paul VI Hall to meet with the Christian Association of Italian Workers (ACLI). More than 7,000 people will attend the meeting, which marks 70 years since the group's founding.

On Sunday, Pope Francis will celebrate Pentecost with Mass at St. Peter's Basilica

Then, at noon, he will pray the Regina Coeli from the window of the Apostolic Palace, overlooking St. Peter's Square.