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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.
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Pope Francis has promulgated new decrees regarding future saints

April 27, 2016. Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtues of the Spanish woman, Montse Grases; the martyrdom of 38 priest in Albania, and has also authorized the beatification of the Irish Jesuit, John Sullivan.

Pope Francis listed as candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize

2014-03-05

Pope Francis was shortlisted for a Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Institute in Norway announced his name is one of 278 candidates total.

In his public appearances, Pope Francis constantly makes repeated calls for peace. But perhaps his best known gesture was the prayer vigil for peace in Syria. Thousands responded to his plea and packed St. Peter's Square.

Other big names on the list include Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two met in November, though it was before the breakout of tensions in Ukraine.

The 278 candidates are made up of individuals, as well as institutions. Other recognizable names on the list are Edward Snowden, and young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

In the coming months, the Nobel Committee will narrow down the list, and scrutinize the candidates between March and August. They'll announce the winner in October. If awarded, Pope Francis would be the first Pope ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.


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