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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.

Pope Francis prays for peace in the Middle East with the Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria

2013-12-09

On Monday morning, Pope Francis co-celebrated Mass at Casa Santa Marta with Ibrahim Sidrak, the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria. The two prayed for peace in the Middle East region.

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"For the first time, I have the joy to welcome as Bishop of Rome a new Patriarch that has come to complete an important act of communion with the Successor of Peter.”

Pope Francis asked all Christians to be creative in order to achieve peace, and to never stop searching for opportunities for encounter.


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