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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.

Sawan Masih is a 26-year-old Pakistani man sentenced to death. He is Christian, and one of his friends accused him of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Even though the accusation lacked proof, it immediately triggered violent reactions. 

MOBEEN SHAHID
Association of Pakistani Christians
"It was announced by a loudspeaker of the mosque that a Christian had committed blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.”

A mob attacked the Sawan Masih's neighborhood, leaving 400 families homeless. Authorities arrested 70 people, but they released them all on bail.

Christians are a minority in Pakistan, and critics say accusing them of blasphemy is the easiest way of casting them aside.

MOBEEN SHAHID
Association of Pakistani Christians
"They damaged 178 houses of the Christian community and two churches were burned along with thousands of Bibles."

Now, several international initiatives seek to pressure the Pakistani government to overturn young Masih's death sentence.

In Italy, for example, his supporters created an email account (salviamosawanmasih@yahoo.it) to collect signatures on his behalf.


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