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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.

Vatican's homepage gets a facelift

2014-05-08

The Vatican launched a new look for its homepage, making it more user friendly and slightly more high tech. Next to Pope Francis' profile, user will find a new section featuring text, photo and video highlights from the Vatican and the Pope, as well as a calendar of events. 

Pope Francis' official Twitter account @Pontifex also features prominently on the revamped website. Users can read the Pope's latest tweets directly from a small, animated bar, which includes a link to his Twitter profile.

The new page also provides direct access to special sections of the website. The first three published are: the Pope's message for World Youth Day 2014, the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II, and a special section titled, "Abuse of Minors. The Church's Response.”


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