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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.

Italian Sea Guardian: Christ of the Abyss turns 60

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January 14, 2014. The waters in north central coast of the Mediterranean are famous for its spectacular beaches along the Italian and French Rivieras. But underneath the famed waters, near the city of Genoa, lies a bronze statue of Jesus Christ.


It's called the Christ of the Abyss, and lies approximately 50 feet underwater. An Italian artist crafted the eight-foot statue 60 years ago to commemorate the death of Italy's first scuba diver.

 

The Christ of the Abyss is depicted with both arms up towards the sky, and the surface, in prayer. The original, was made of clay, but after passing boats damaged it, a bronze replica replaced it. 

 

Today, the Christ statue lies within a protected marine park. But it remains accessible to people, looking for an adventure under the sea.


There are two other replicas of the Christ of the Abyss across the world. One of the coast of Granada, in the Caribbean, and a third off the Florida coast.

 


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