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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 Pimenta dies at 93. College of Cardinals now stands at 203

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Cardinal Simon Ignatius Pimenta has passed away at the age of 93. Born in India, he was Archbishop emeritus of Bombay. Pope Francis sent his condolences in a  message to his successor, Oswaldo Gracias, where he remembered Cardinal Pimenta's "noble spirit.” In his note, the Pope also stresses the Cardinal's years of service. 

The Indian Cardinal is remembered for founding several schools and universities. In his diocese, he also managed 12 hospitals and 44 clinics. He was also the main host during John Paul II's apostolic visit to India back in 1986.

With the death of Cardinal Pimenta, the College of Cardinals now has 203 members. At this point, 112 of them are cardinal electors, meaning they get to vote in an eventual conclave. 


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