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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.

Pope will send delegation to Syria to show support amid instability

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The delegation will head out to the country's capital. Most of them are Synod Fathers who are currently in Rome. They include Card. Laurent Mosengwo Pasinya, who serves as the Archbishop of Kinshasa. Also on that list in Card. Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.  New York's Archbishop Card. Timothy Dolan, as well as Bishop Fabio Suescun Mutis, who serves as the Military Ordinary of Colombia. Also attending is Bishop Joseph Nguyen Nang, of Phat Diem in Vietnam.

The Vatican's foreign minister, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti and Msgr. Alberto Ortega, from the Secretariat of State will also be attending.


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