Congratulations to the new Custos of the Holy Land: Fr. Francesco Patton.
H/T Patriarchate of Jerusalem website.Image from Custodia Terræ SanctæThe General Definitory of the Friars Minor, with the consent of the Holy See, elected Fr. Francesco PATTON as the new Custos. He will succeed Fr. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, who held the position for twelve years.Election process: http://www.custodia.org/default.asp?id=779&id_n=30235&Pagina=1 The role of the Custos in the Holy Land and the Middle EastThe figure of the Custos is especially significant for the Church in the Holy Land and the Middle East.In the Holy Land, the Custos, in addition to leading the Custody of the Holy Land, which is the primary mission of the Order of Friars Minor,