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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 Tagle explains his emotion

2012-11-24

CARD. LUIS ANTONIO TAGLE
Archbishop of Manila (Philippines)

"I cry easily, and I guess when you are before a great mystery that you know is beyond you, a calling, a grace, a mission, then, you know, you  tremble, but at the same time you're happy.”

Cardinal Tagle, 55, is the second youngest member of the College of Cardinals. Saturday's Consitory reinforces the growth and presence of cardinals from Asia. Tagle was one of three Asian cardinals created during the ceremony, raising the continents 'representation to 20 total. Of those 20, 11 of them are eligible to become papal electors.  


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