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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.
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Pope Francis has promulgated new decrees regarding future saints

April 27, 2016. Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtues of the Spanish woman, Montse Grases; the martyrdom of 38 priest in Albania, and has also authorized the beatification of the Irish Jesuit, John Sullivan.

Cardinal Ersilio Tonini passes away at 99

2013-07-29

Italian Cardinal  Ersilio Tonini has passed away at the age of 99, in the northern city  of Ravenna.  Born in 1914, he was the oldest member of the College of  Cardinals. 

In Italy he was known for being an on air personality, and host of a show 'The Ten Commandments.'


He was made a cardinal by John Paul II in1994, at the age of 80. Because of his age, he was never eligible to vote in a conclave.


With the death of Cardinal Tonini, the College of Cardinals stands at 202, 112 of whom are cardinal electors.


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