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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


February 21, 2014. On Friday, Pope Francis will spend most of the day with the College of Cardinals, for the Extraordinary Consistory to discuss the state of the family. The two sessions are from 9:30-12:30PM and from 4:30-7PM. Half an hour after the last session, at 7:30PM, the Pope will welcome Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff at his studio in Paul VI Hall.