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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.

Italian Cardinal Marco Cé passes away at 88

2014-05-13

Italian Cardinal Marco Cé passed away on Monday, May 12, in Venice. He was 88 years old.

Cardinal Cé was born in Izano, in northern Italy, in 1925. He was ordained a priest in 1948, and John Paul II created him cardinal in June 1979.

Since then and until 2002, Cardinal Cé served as the Patriarch of Venice, developing his pastoral work in that city.

The only conclave the cardinal voted in, was in 2005, for the election of Benedict XVI. For the 2013 conclave, he was over the age of 80, and did not vote. With his death, the overall number of cardinals decreases to 215, but the papal electors remain at 119


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