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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 Francis prays at the shrine where the first Korean priest was born


(-ONLY VIDEO-) Pope Francis arrived at the Shrine of Solmoe accompanied by Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik, Bishop of Daejon. The Pope prayed for several minutes at the shrine where Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean priest, was born. Shortly after, a young girl dressed in tradition clothing gave him a silver flower.