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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.

Vatican signs on to Global Freedom Network, to fight trafficking

2014-03-17

March 17, 2014. The Vatican signed an agreement to join the Global Freedom Network, and inter-religious group aimed at stemming modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020. The network's presentation took place on Monday at the Vatican Press Office, and featured the participation of delegates on behalf of Archbishop of Canterburry Justin Wellby, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, as well as the president for the Walk Free Foundation. In addition to prayer, the network will also raise awareness on slavery and trafficking, and work with world governments to help end these practices.