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New Custodian of the Holy Land

May 20, 2016. Friar Francesco Patton is the new Custodian of the Holy Land. He succeeds Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who was in office for the last 12 years. Friar Francesco Patton is 52 years old from Vigo Meano (Italy). He graduated in Communication Sciences from the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome and until now was the provincial minister of the Order of Friars Minor in Saint Vigilius of Trent.

Jesuits show where Saint Ignatius died

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The initiative is called ‘Unexpected connections: journey to the heart of the Society’ and it includes guided tours by groups of young Jesuits.

Flavio Bottaro
Society of Jesus (Rome)

“The idea was started a couple of years ago with preparation by various university students in order to open up our doors. It has been a collaborative effort among Jesuits that work in different areas. Reaching  agreement on the preparation has not been easy, but it has given good results.”

Saint Ignatius lived in these rooms. In addition to its symbolic value there are several objects of historical value, like the copy of his face, made a few hours after his death, or his shoes, all a symbol of the Society of Jesus because they represent its strengths in helping the whole world.

One of the treasures that draws the most attention is a painting of the Virgin with baby Jesus that Saint Ignatius conserved with great devotion.

Flavio Bottaro
Society of Jesus (Rome)

“When he was about to die, Saint Ignatius wanted his bed moved to this room. The painting is the only object that has always stayed in its place. Without a doubt it has always been hung up on this wall.”

Another one of the places less well known is the surprising fresco by Andrea Pozzo with the perspective technique in a short hallway to the rooms.

Flavio Bottaro
Society of Jesus (Rome)

“It is a rare opportunity for everyone who comes to visit us, but it is also an opportunity for us, Jesuits, to open our doors to people. We are not used to having people in our house.”

An occasion to know the heart of the Jesuits and discover places that have been considered private for 470 years.

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