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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.

Vatican launches catechesis phone app on eve of worldwide catechism conference

2013-09-19

The Vatican is once again looking for new ways to spread the new evangelization. Its now preparing tolaunch a new phone app to help with catechism education, as it prepares to welcome hundreds of participants to theWorld Day for Catechists.   


As part of the events for the Year of Faith, the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization organized the World Day and the World Congress for Catechists. It'll take place from September 25th to the 29th. 

MSGR. RINO FISICHELLA 
President, Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization 
"First of all we need to recognize the role that they play within the Church and the life of the Church. But secondly, I think it's very important for us the challenge that is coming.” 

Msgr. Fisichella says catechists are vital to the Church in parts of the world like Latin America and Africa, where there are not enough priests for every parish. 

He especially highlighted the role of women, who usually lead catechism education in churches. Some 1600 people representing 104 dioceses worldwide will meet in Rome. Their goal is to get everyone on the same page when it comes to catechism education. And just in time for the congress, the app, titled "Catechism of the Catholic Church,” will be another tool at their disposal. 

MSGR. RINO FISICHELLA 
President, Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization 
"The app is an instrument, an instrument of new language, of the new media. And everything that we can do in order to make known the catechism of the Catholic Church, I think is welcome.” 

The app will only be available for download in Italian. But the Vatican hopes to make it accessible in other languages in the future. Users can begin downloading the app for free in days before the start of the congress on September 25th. 

The five day event will take place in the churches near the Vatican, divided by language groups. Participants will have the chance to exchange their experiences and learn from others. On Friday, the Pope will lead the catechesis. Then on Sunday, he will celebrate Mass for an expected 100,000 people


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