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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.

Schedule for the week: Pope to receive prestigious European Charlemagne Prize

2016-05-02

The Pope's week will begin to speed up on Wednesday, May 4th,  at 9:50 am. Pope Francis will hold a General Audience where he will greet the pilgrims present and deliver a catechesis.

On Thursday, May 5th, at 6:00 pm, he will hold a Prayer vigil for all those in need of consolation in Saint Peter's Basilica. 

On Friday, May 6th, starting at noon, in the Regal Room of the Vatican, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend the delivery of the Charlemagne Prize to Pope Francis. He has been awarded the Prize for 2016 in recognition of his efforts at global peace, cross-cultural understanding and unity of Europe.  

At 5:00 pm, the new Swiss Guard recruits will take their Oath of Loyalty in the historic St. Damaso Courtyard within the Vatican. Pope Francis will not be in attendance. 

On Sunday, May 8th, the week will conclude with the traditional Regina Coeli prayer. The Pope will appear at the window of the papal apartments at noon to lead the prayer with pilgrims in the square.


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