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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.
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Pope names new archbishop of Havana. Also new bishops for Mexico and Spain

On April 26 , 2016. Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Juan de la Caridad García, the new archbishop of San Cristobal of Havana after the resignation of Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino for having turned 75. Juan de la Caridad Garcia , 67, was until now archbishop in Camagüey, Cuba. After the resignation of Ulises Macías, the Pope appointed Bishop Ruy Rendon, 62, archbishop of Hermosillo, Mexico on Tuesday. Tuesdays bulletin announced the appointment of Manuel Herrero as bishop of Palencia, Spain; John Alphonsus Ryan as Bishop of Mzuzu, Malawi; and Edward M. Rice, Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in the US. On the diplomatic section, Francisco Montecillo has been named apostolic nuncio in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Cardinal Raffaele Farina turns 80. Number of Cardinal electors drops to 110

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Italian Cardinal, Raffaele Farina turns 80 on September 24th. That means he will no longer have the right to vote in an eventual conclave. The College of Cardinals now stands at 110 cardinal electors and 91 non electors.   


Cardinal Farina was born in the Italian city of Buonalbergo. He joined the Salesians at age 16 and was ordained in 1958. Over the years, he has been very active in the field of culture

In 1997, he began working in the Vatican Library. Ten years later he also became custodian of the Vatican's Secret Archives. 

His main objective was to facilitate access to works of the Vatican's literature department and eliminate its mysterious reputation. Among his greatest achievements there's the restoration of the Vatican Library and the exhibition of 400 years of the Secret Archives. 

In 2007 he was made a Cardinal by Benedict XVI and he participated in the 2013 conclave. 

A few months ago, Cardinal Farina left his post as librarian but he is still very active. Pope Francis also named him a member of the committee that advises the Pope on reforming the so called 'Vatican Bank.' 


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