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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.

Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi turns 80

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Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi turns 80 years old on Friday March 14th, which makes him  ineligible to vote in an eventual conclave. 

He was born in Renate, Italy in 1934.  Years later, in 1957, the Archbishop of Milan, who eventually became Pope Paul VI, ordained him a priest. He was made a Cardinal by John Paul II in 1998

He voted in the conclave that elected Benedict XVI and the one where Pope Francis was elected.

The College now has 217 Cardinals, of whom 119 are eligible to vote in a conclave.  


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