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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.

Argentine archdiocese places confession booths on the streets

2014-04-09

The local church surprised many residents in the northern Argentine city of Tucuman, when priests from the three main churches, including the archbishop, took to the streets to confess people.

FR. CARLOS SANCHEZ
Parish priest, Basilica Nuestra Señora de la Merced (Argentina)
"Lent, as Pope Francis says, is a time of encounter with the Lord. It's a time of conversion and to seek out the mercy of the Lord.”

The idea came about after the success of the day of Penance the Vatican organized on March 28.

For 24 hours, hundreds of priests around the world kept their parish doors open to confess people, even Pope Francis himself took part.


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