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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 prays for the victims of the Chinese ferry disaster


(-VIDEO ONLY-) Pope Francis prayed for the victims and unaccounted-for from a Chinese ferry disaster on the Yangtze river. More than 400 people remain missing after a ferry capsized in China’s largest river.

The Pope said "I express my closeness to the people of China in this difficult moment caused by a ferry disaster on the Yangtze River. I pray for the victims, for their families, and for those participating in rescue efforts. To all of you and your loved ones I ask for abundant blessings of peace and joy in Christ. God bless you.”