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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.

Vatileaks 2: Vallejo Balda's secretary says he acted on orders

2016-04-11

On Monday, the former executive secretary of the Cosea Commission, working under Monsignor Vallejo Balda, Nicola Maio made some declarations, as he has also been accused in the Vatileaks 2 case.

He acknowledged that he had access to all documents relating to the Cosea Commission  and the Secretariat for the Economy but denies stealing  the information and providing it to the two journalists, Fittipaldi and Nuzzi whom, he said he does not know. He further indicated that Francesca Chaouqui never asked him steal this information.

He assured that the only thing he felt pressured by was the responsibility of the work he was doing. He explained to the judge that the tasks entrusted onto him were that of the "will of the Pope.”

He said that he could not negate what Vallejo Balda asked him to do because he was his superior and only did what he asked. He explained that he had no way to checking if what Vallejo Balda was asking him to do was lawful or not because the chain of command was headed by Pope, then by Vallejo Balda and he was the last chain of command. "The only way to know the truth was to knock on the Pope's door to find out and that was impossible,” he said.  

He also said that Francesca Chaouqui had a huge influence on Vallejo Balda, to the extent that, he once advised the Spanish priest to act "cautiously” in front of her.