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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.
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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."
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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.

The Vatican remains calm: Pope does not change his Holy Week schedule

2016-03-22

The Vatican spokesman has confirmed that the Pope maintains his schedule for Holy Week, during which he will participate in four major public ceremonies at the Vatican and at the Colosseum in Rome.

Security measures have been increased throughout Rome and the Vatican, although there are no signs of a threat.

Since the beginning of the Jubilee, security measures have been noticeably visible in order to control pilgrims entering the Vatican. In fact, many have criticized the measures because they have  hindered accessibility to the basilica.

Tomorrow, the Pope will have the general audience in St. Peter's Square. The number of pilgrims in attendance will give us a clue as to whether or not the fear of attacks will affect Easter in Rome.

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