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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 O'Brien will not take part in conclave, number of electors down to 115

2013-02-25

In a press release, Cardinal O'Brien asked for forgiveness for his failures, and explained he will not take part in the conclave to avoid drawing attention from Benedict XVI and his successor. 


Jakarta Cardinal Julius Riyadi Darmaatmadja will also miss out on the conclave for health reasons.


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