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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.

Check out Pope Francis' schedule for Christmas and New Years

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This will be Pope Francis' first Christmas as Pontiff. Even though he doesn't like to stay up late, he will make an exception to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Despite being named the 'midnight' Mass, it will be held at 9:30 p.m, Rome time.

Then on Christmas day, the Pope will give his traditional 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing at noon from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. It's the traditional yearly address to Rome and the world.

Just like his predecessors, on December 31st, at
5 o clock, Pope Francis will preside over the 'Te Deum' prayer
. It will be a way to give thanks to God, for the year's blessings. Then, he will head out to St. Peter's Square where the Nativity scene is placed.

On New Year's Day, January 1st, the Pope is planning on celebrating Mass at 10.00 a.m, at St. Peter's Square to pray for peace.

The last major ceremony of the New Year's will be on Monday January 6th. Pope Francis will celebrate  Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to mark the Feast of Epiphany.


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