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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 Marchisano passes away

2014-07-28

Italian Cardinal Francesco Marchisano passed away on Sunday, July 27, in Rome, at the age of 85.

He worked at the Roman Curia since 1956, especially within the Congregation for Catholic Education. In 2002, John Paul II named him Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Peter, president of the Factory of St. Peter, and Vicar General of the Vatican City State.

John Paul II also created him cardinal on October 21, 2003.

CARD. FRANCESCO MARCHISANO
January 2004
"The work in service of the Church is to do the best job possible. Since one person cannot do everything, we try to do this task in the best way possible.”

Pope Francis issued a telegram expressing his condolences and recalling his life dedicated to the Church and his fondness for art and culture. 

With his death, the College of Cardinals decreases to 212 members. But since he was over 80, he was not eligible to vote in the 2013 conclave. The number of papal electors remains at 118.


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