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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.

Thottunkal: 'We have to laugh more' and spread joy

2012-11-27

CARD. BASELIOS CLEEMIS THOTTUNKAL
Major Archbishop of the Trivandrum (India)

“This is a great blessing of God , an opportunity for us, the church in India, to be closer to the Holy Father in this ministry, in this church which is Catholic and Apostolic, one and holy.”

The Syro-Malankara Catholic Church has about 450,000 members, mainly in the southern Indian state of Kerala, and is in full communion with the Church in Rome. For Thottunkal, his creation as cardinal has a special value to India.

CARD. BASELIOS CLEEMIS THOTTUNKAL
Major Archbishop of the Trivandrum (India)

“It means we have to laugh more, every one, including the less privileged and they are the ones who most need our care.”


Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal was born in 1959 in Kerala state. He was ordained a priest at 27 and received a doctorate in Ecumenical Theology. The cardinal is very active in Indian society, helping those less fortunate. He has built two hospitals for patients with AIDS, a homeless shelter, and an education foundation to help needy children.


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