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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 Schedule

2014-01-31

January 31, 2014. Pope Francis kicked off a busy Friday schedule by meeting at 10:30 with Madrid Card. Antonio Maria Ruoco Varela. Thirty minutes later, he welcomed Msgr. Bruno Musarò, apostolic nunzio to Cuba. At 11:20, the Pope met with Cardinal-elect Vincent Gerard Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster (UK), followed by Don Ferdinando Neri from the Nomadelfia Community, twenty minutes later. At 11:55, he welcomed Prof. Franco Milano, national president for the Italian Catholic Action group; and at 12:15PM, the Pope addressed the participants of the Plenary Assembly for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The last scheduled event was a meeting at 6PM, with Card. Fernando Filoni, the prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.