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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.

Ho Chi Minh City cardinal turns 80, papal electors down to 121

2014-03-05

No more than two weeks after Pope Francis' first Consistory, the number of papal electors changed yet again. Card. Jean-Baptiste Phm Minh Mn, archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City, turned 80 on Wednesday, losing his right to vote in an eventual conclave.

Card. Mn was born in 1934. He was ordained a priest May 1965 in then-South Vietnam. After the war and Communist unification of the country, the prelate was in charge of the formation of new priests, at a time when the Church was under severe persecution.

He continued overseeing the formation of priets in Vietnam until he was ordained a bishop. He was eventually appointed archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City in 1998. John Paul II created him cardinal in 2003.

The number of papal electors now stands at 121. But will change yet again in a few days, when an the archbishop emeritus of Milan turns 80.


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