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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.

Pope Francis to meet with roughly 300,000 Catholic school students

2014-05-09

On Saturday May 10, Pope Francis will meet with thousands of Italian students from Catholic schools in St. Peter's Square.

The theme of the Conference is "The Church for schools.” Organized by Italy's Bishops, it's main goal is to promote Catholic education in the country.

The gathering will be about two and a half hours long. It starts at 4.15 pm with the Pope making his way across St. Peter's Square in the popemobile. After greeting the students, he will give a speech. 

In all, roughly 300.000 people,  including students, families and professors, are expected to attend the event. 



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