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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.

Pope Francis schedule for this week: Maradona and a new Jesuit Superior General


Pope Francis starts off his week with an eye on the General Congregation of the Jesuits and the imminent election of their new Superior General. Pope Francis will be the first person, outside the General Congregation, that will know the name of the 31st successor of St. Ignatius.

On Wednesday, the pope will celebrate his weekly General Audience, in St. Peter's Square, at 10 a.m., where he will be joined by thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. 

It is expected that, at some point during the day, the pope will meet with some of the soccer stars that will be in Rome to play in the Match for Peace, like Maradona or Ronaldinho. The match will take place on Wednesday evening at the Olympic Stadium.

On Sunday, the pope will celebrate Mass and lead the canonization ceremony that will recognize seven new saints in the Catholic Church.

They are: 
Salomon Leclerq
José Sánchez del Río
Manuel González García
Ludovico Pavoni
Alfonso María Fusco
José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero
Elizabeth of the Trinity

After the ceremony, at noon, the pope will lead the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square with thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.