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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 is the newest draw at Rome's Wax Museum

2013-12-22

Pope Francis has been immortalized on canvass, on mosaics, and as of a few days ago, on wax.

The Wax Figures Museum in Rome now features this statue of Pope Francis so that everyone who visits can get up close to the Pope. That's why his face and hands were created using a more life-like substance, silicone.

FERNANDO CANINI
Director, Rome Wax Museum
"We wanted to bring down the barriers the older museum placed on people. So here, visitors can interact with the statue, which just like Pope Francis, is also very popular. The people love the Pope and a wax figure would have been far too delicate.”

It's unusual for public figures that have been around for nine months to earn their place at this museum. But then again, the popularity Pope Francis enjoys is anything but usual.

FERNANDO CANINI
Director, Rome Wax Museum
"We can clearly see their response every Sunday and Wednesday at St. Peter's Square. We make statues of beloved public figures. I think that this year there is no other person in the world as beloved as Pope Francis.”

Eight people worked for over three months on the statue. They included the sculptor, a special effects artist and a tailor.

And while some people still find it strange having two Popes at the Vatican. It doesn't hold a candle to this museum. Inside one room alone, visitors will find four of them: Paul VI, John XXIII, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. John Paul I and John Paul II stand indie a display case overlooking all of the museum's inhabitants.


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