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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 prayer intentions for February: the elderly and evangelization


The prayer intentions of Pope Francis for February focus on the recognition of the elderly and collaboration of all Catholics for the  evangelization.

The general prayer intentions will be dedicated to the elderly, so that the Church and society may recognize their experience and wisdom.

The Pope's missionary intention is "that priests, religious, and lay people may work together with generosity.”