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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: Prayer at the Chapel of the Black Madonna


The Pope visits the heart of Polish Catholicism. It is the shrine of Czestochowa, guarding the image of the "Black Madonna,” closely linked to the life of Pope John Paul II.

This shrine continued to receive pilgrimages even during the totalitarianism era, despite the prohibitions of the Nazi regime and the communist government.

This shrine hosted a World Youth Day in 1991.

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