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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 delegation to meet with UN Committee on Torture

2014-05-02

The United Nations Committee against Torture will meet with a Vatican delegation, in Geneva, starting on Monday May 5th

As part of the statues, member states are required to respond and defend their own record on torture. But more than likely, the UN panel will raise sex abuse allegations by clergy, including what the Holy See has done to stop other nations from engaging in torture and human right violations. 

Through a statement, the Vatican's spokesperson, Fr. Federico Lombardi, said the hearing is part of a normal procedure, adding that the Holy See is not required to go, but it will do willingly

The UN panel is comprised by a group of experts, who include representatives from ten nations, including the United States and China

Back in February, the Holy See had a hearing before a UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The panel asked the Church to immediately remove all clergy accused of abuse. However,  it was described by some in the Church as a 'missed opportunity' since the UN panel also recommended the Church change its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality

The Convention against Torture was created in 1984. The Holy See became a  member state in the year 2002. It presented its first report before the UN council in December 2012.


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