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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 Francesco Monterisi turns 80: number of cardinals electors drops to 118

2014-05-28

Italian Cardinal Francesco Monterisi turns 80 years old on Wednesday May 28: the number of cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave drops to 118.

Now Archpriest emeritus of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Cardinal Monterisi worked for years at the Vatican's diplomatic service.

After working in Egypt and South Korea, in 1993 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bosnia and Herzegovina. During his time in charge, John Paul II made the historical visit to Sarajevo in 1997.

Benedict XVI created him cardinal in 2010 and he took part in the conclave that elected Pope Francis three years later.

Now, Cardinal Monterisi looses his right to vote in a future conclave. But the overall number of cardinals remains at 215.


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