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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.

LIVE BROADCAST: Pope Francis meets with Italian athletes


(-ONLY VIDEO-) Pope Francis will welcome several Italian sports associations at 5:00 PM (local time) at St. Peter's Square. 

On June 7, the Italian Sports Center celebrates its 70th anniversary. Founded in 1944, it was an initiative of the Catholic Action movement.