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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.
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Pope Francis has promulgated new decrees regarding future saints

April 27, 2016. Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtues of the Spanish woman, Montse Grases; the martyrdom of 38 priest in Albania, and has also authorized the beatification of the Irish Jesuit, John Sullivan.

Pope meets with “comfort women” who were sexually abused during World War II

2014-08-18

(-ONLY VIDEO-) Prior to commencing the Mass for Peace and Reconciliation, the Pope greeted several "comfort women” who were seated in the first row in the Cathedral of Seoul.

These women were sexually abused during the Second World War. They were kidnapped by the Japanese army and used as sex slaves for the soldiers when Japan occupied the Korean Peninsula. 


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