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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.
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Pope Francis has promulgated new decrees regarding future saints

April 27, 2016. Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtues of the Spanish woman, Montse Grases; the martyrdom of 38 priest in Albania, and has also authorized the beatification of the Irish Jesuit, John Sullivan.

Vatican Bank overhaul to be completed in 2014

2014-01-22

The Institute for Religious Works, better known as the Vatican Bank, outlined its progress in reforming the institution. The reforms started in 2010, and some of the major components will be completed by the first half of 2014, according to the report.

 

 

 

In the first three months, the Vatican Bank will implement a "know your customer” application for individual and group accounts. It'll also introduce a "risk-based” client rating to help tackle money laundering.

 

 

 

By mid-year 2014, the IOR said they will have screened all of its accounts, in search of missing or incomplete information. The process started back in 2013. So far, they've looked through some 10,000 client records, or about 55 percent of their accounts.

 

 

 

In addition, the Bank will continue to close the accounts not associated with the Vatican, Catholic groups, or diplomats accredited to the Holy See.

 

 

 

The Vatican Bank made history last year when it published an annual report for the first time ever. The next report will come out in mid-2014.

 

 


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