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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.

Massive Crowds greet Pope Francis as he goes through Rio's streets in modest car.

2013-07-22

About 30 minutes after landing in Rio, Pope Francis made his way through the streets of Rio, in a modest grey colored vehicle. 

The combination of heavy street traffic and thousands of enthusiastic pilgrims forced the Pope's driver to stop the car on different occasions. 

The Pope rode on the back of the car, greeting pilgrims along the way. Upon his arrival to Rio de Janeiro's Cathedral, the Pope hopped on his open air popemobile, as thousands of young people cheered him on from the city streets. 

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