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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.

Circus act for Pope Francis


( ONLY VIDEO ) A surprise awaited at the end of the general audience on Wednesday, when a group of circus performers approached Pope Francis.

To the beat of a contagious melody, they set out to do stunts, acrobatics and tightrope. And the Pope, who looked delighted, thanked them with this impromptu speech:

"You are all creators of beauty, you create beauty and beauty is good for the soul, beauty brings us closer to God. Behind the beauty,shows the many hours of training. Go ahead, continue... And thank you.”

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