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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's prayer for peace with Israeli and Palestinian presidents scheduled for June 8

2014-05-29

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis will meet with the presidents of Israel and Palestine to pray for peace on Sunday, June 8th.

The Pope made the invitation in Bethlehem and Tel Aviv, during his three-day apostolic visit to the Holy Land. He offered to host the prayer service at 'his home' meaning the Vatican. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres have accepted the invitation. The service will take place that Sunday afternoon. 


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