New custodian of Holy Land vows to work for peace, dialogue

May 20, 2016 12:17 PM

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VATICAN CITY – The Italian Franciscan priest named to head the Catholic Church's properties in the Holy Land says he is committed to building bridges, dialogue and peace.

The Vatican said Friday that the Rev. Francesco Patton, 52, would replace the Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa as custodian of the Holy Land. Pizzaballa had been Holy Land custodian for the past 12 years.

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