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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.

LIVE: Press conference on Apostolic Congresses on Mercy


The Vatican press office holds a press conference on Apostolic Congresses on Mercy on a European and world level. They will take place in Rome from March to April of this year, and in Manila (Philippines) in January of 2017. Speakers include: Card. Christoph Schönborn, President of the Congress of Mercy (WACOM);  Msgr. Rino Fisichella, Coordinator of the Jubilee of Mercy, and Rev Patrice Chocholski, Secretary General of WACOM.