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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 accepts resignation of German bishop who misused millions renovating his home

2014-03-26

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the German bishop who misused Church funds to renovate his home in the Diocese of Limburg. The Vatican says Msgr. Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst can no longer have a "fruitful exercise of his ministry.”

He spent around $42 million renovating the episcopal home and in building a new pastoral center. Initially, the diocese had only approved a budget of $6.8 million for the renovation. 

When the press made it public, the German Bishops' Conference appointed a Commission to study the case. Its president, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, went to Rome in October to inform the Pope about the case. 

These past few months, the Vatican studied the  Commission’s report. According to an official statement published today, Franz-Peter Tebartz "will in due course be assigned a different role.”


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