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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 cancels seminary visit due to fever


February 28, 2014. Pope Francis cancelled his visit to the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary, scheduled for Friday evening, the Vatican spokesperson said. Fr. Federico Lombardi explained that the Pope had a "slight fever," and the doctor recommended that he cancel the visit and get some rest instead.