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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.

First Anniversary of Pope Francis' pontificate: A look back at his first words

2014-03-13

(-ONLY VIDEO-) It was a year ago today, that white smoke emerged from the roof of the Sistine Chapel, announcing the election of a new Pope. As he stepped out in the balcony of St. Peter's Square, Jorge Mario Bergoglio would be known as 'Pope Francis.' With his very first words, the first Latin American Pope marked his unique style


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