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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's Twitter account @Pontifex has more than 10 million followers one year after launch

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December 12, 2013. Communication and the Church go hand in hand. First and foremost, there's the Bible, which is the most sold publication in history.


In 1931 the Church took it a step further with Vatican Radio. It was launched by Pope Pius XI, to transmit the Pope's words to the world. Now it's aired in more than 40 languages in 61 countries.

Then came the television set. John Paul II  launched the Vatican's Television Service in 1983, so viewers could actually see what the Pope was up to from the comfort of their own homes.

On December 12, 2012 came another breakthrough when Benedict XVI joined twitter. Sending his first tweet took just a few seconds, but @Pontifex is now embedded in the Vatican's modern history book.

One year later, now it's Pope Francis who leads that twitter account, which has about 11 million followers. But that's nothing compared to the roughly 60 million people who get to read re-tweets.

@Pontifex has nine different language accounts,  including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Polish Portuguese and even Latin. The account with the most followers is in Spanish which has about 4 million. The English account comes in second with roughly 3.3 million followers.

Despite twitter's 140 character limit, it seems that Pope Francis is doing just fine in getting his message across in the digital world. 


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