Fra Pierbattista Pizzaballa confirmed as Custos of the Holy Land

The confirmation of Fra Pierbattista Pizzaballa as Custos of the Holy Land for the next three years has been announced.

The Custody assures Fra Pierbattista Pizzaballa of its best wishes as he continues his mission at the head of the Province of the Holy Land.

Biography of the new Custos click here

Mention of the Custody

The Custody at this time counts 285 Franciscan friars.

174 belonged to the Province of the Custody and 111 friars from other provinces are in service to the Custody. Such service can continue for decades.

39 nationalities are represented. The largest linguistic group is the Orientals (mainly Arabic speakers) with 66 friars, followed by the Italian speakers (61), English speakers (54) and the Hispanic group (50).

See also the Franciscan Media Center video – click here

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