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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.

Consistory has surprise guest: Benedict XVI!


As Pope Francis got ready to create 19 new cardinals in his first consistory, he walked over to Benedict XVI and hugged him.




Wearing a white coat,  Benedict XVI sat next to cardinals, in the Basilica's front row.




A round of applause erupted in St. Peter’s Basilica, when Benedict XVI walked in just moments before Saturday's consistory began.