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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 28, 2014. On Friday morning, Pope Francis will meet with Spanish bishops on their "ad limina" visit, led by Card. Antonio María Rouco Varela, archbishop of Madrid. The Pope will also meet with the members of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. On Friday evening, he will travel to the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary to meet with seminarians.