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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.

Cuba and the Holy See: 79 Years of Diplomatic Relations

2014-05-03

Seeing history through pictures-that's the purpose of this photo exhibit. It traces the diplomatic relationship between Cuba and the Holy See. It's a relationship that's had its ups and downs, but in the last two decades, there have been key moments that have defined their ties. 

RODNEY ALEJANDRO LOPEZ CLEMENTE 
Cuba's Ambassador to the Holy See 
"There's the meeting between Fidel Castro and John Paul II and well as meetings with different cardinals. Then there's the Pope's visit to Cuba. The Mass he celebrated in Santiago, Camaguey and of course there's also Benedict XVI's visit and his Mass in Santiago and La Habana.” 

Cuba's embassy decided to organize the exhibit in a local Roman parish, since 2014 marks 79 years since both states established diplomatic relations

Despite the line of tension between the Communist island and the Catholic Church, improvements have been made. The Cuban Embassy to the Holy See, says it's looking forward to what the future brings. 


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