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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.

Franciscan Friars Minor re-elect Marco Tasca as successor to St. Francis


The ceremony was simple, and the members also asked St. Francis for guidance for their leader. In a symbolic gesture, the saint's relics are placed above the elected successor's head, to ask St. Francis to help illuminate the new leader's decisions during his term.