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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.

 

Worldwide there are an estimated 413,000 Catholic priests, which begs the question, what's it really like to be a priest? And most importantly, are they happy? 

MSGR. STEPHEN ROSSETTI
Why Priests are Happy, Author 0018yoo.avi @10 03 "Every study that’s been done, again and again, not just by people in the Church but by secular people toothe happiness rate is very  high, about 90 percent and actually they are higher than the laity.”

In his book, 'Why Priests are Happy' Msgr. Stephen Rossetti did his own research. He's been a priest for almost 30 years. He's also a licensed psychologist, professor and he even served in the U.S Air Force back in the 70's. He says the link between the priesthood and happiness is pretty straight forward. 

MSGR. STEPHEN ROSSETTI
Why Priests are Happy, Author  0018yoo.avi @ 01 25...48 "The priesthood has all the essentials of a happy life for anybody. First of all, people with faith tend to be happier people, contrary to the atheist notion, faith helps you, it gives you a sense of meaning and purpose and it helps you bring God into your life.” 
 
The list also includes being social and part of a community where one can  freely live out the faith. He says this is essential and it's something seminarians and priests alike need to keep in mind. 

MSGR. STEPHEN ROSSETTI
Why Priests are Happy, Author  0018yoo.avi @ 04 00....10 "Can the priest make relationships, Can he make friends, can he build a community of faith? Priests today need to be as John Paul II called them, men of communion.”

But a happy life doesn't mean a life without any challenges. Just like any vocation in life, it has its ups and downs. But Rossetti says the negative image that's portrayed by the secular media, is just not accurate. 

MSGR. STEPHEN ROSSETTI
Why Priests are Happy, Author 0018yoo.avi @ 01 00...09 "Unfortunately a lot of the public coverage of priesthood makes it sound like it’s this negative, unhappy, isolated, dysfunctional, but it’s just not true.”



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