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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.

Cardinal Bevilacqua, former head of Philadelphia Archdiocese, dies at 88

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Bevilacqua was trained in both civil and canon law and was the subject of much criticism by two grand juries over cases of child sex abuse. He was never charged with a crime, but was questioned over his handling of complaints of abuse against dozens of priests in his congregation. 

The cardinal was born in Brooklyn, New York. After being ordained in 1949, he went on to become Chancellor of the Brooklyn Diocese in 1976. 

He is largely remembered for his passion in fighting for the poor and disadvantaged.