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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 prays for peace with Israeli and Palestinian presidents


At 6 PM, local time, Pope Francis, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas participate in a ceremony called "Invocation for peace”. The session includes a Jewish prayer, then a Christian and finally a Muslim one.