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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.

Italian Cardinal Antonetti dies at 90, number of cardinals down to 205

2013-04-10

Cardinal Antonetti was born in Romagnano Sasia in 1922. He began his career as a priest as a Vatican diplomat to several countries, including the United States, France, Lebanon and several countries in Latin America.

He also led the Vatican department that funds the Roman Curia and maintains Vatican-owned properties, until his retirement in 1998. That same year, John Paul II created him a cardinal and appointed him as a delegate to the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

With his death, there are now 205 members in the College of Cardinals, although only 113 are under 80, and eligible to vote in a conclave.


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