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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.

Vatican opens its doors for courtesy visits with six new cardinals


The “courtesy visits” took place at Ducall Hall and the Sala Regia, two of the most ornate structures within the Apostolic Palace. For nearly two hours, the newly created cardinals greeted friends, colleagues and pilgrims.