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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.

The Holy Shroud will be on display in the Cathedral of Turin

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In Spring of 2015, the Holy Shroud will be displayed once again in the Cathedral of Turin. It's a surprising move since the relic is shown only in special occasions. The exhibit has been approved by Pope Francis, as a way to mark 200 years since the birth of St. John Bosco, father and teacher of the youth. 

The exact dates of the exhibit are unknown at this point, but the Archbishop of Turin, Cesare Nosiglia, says the Holy Shroud will be on display for roughly 45 days, sometime between the Easter season and mid August 2015. He also says, he's hoping Pope Francis will visit the Cathedral to directly see the Shroud and pray before it. 

The Shroud is a piece of linen cloth that wrapped the body of a crucified man. According to tradition, it was used to wrap the body of Jesus Christ.  


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