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H.B. Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa Cardinal on September 30, 2023

At the Sunday Angelus on Sunday 9 July, Pope Francis announced that His Beatitude Pizzaballa will be made a Cardinal on 30 September 2023.

Cardinal-elect Pierbattista Pizzaballa was born on 21 April 1965, in Cologno al Serio, in Italy’s Bergamo region.

He made his solemn profession in the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) at St. Anthony’s Church in Bologna at the age of 24 and was ordained a priest the following year.

Proficient in Italian, modern Hebrew, and English, he contributed to the Hebrew translation of the Roman Missal in 1995 and translated various liturgical texts for Catholic communities in Israel.

Since 2 July 1999, he has served as the Custos of the Holy Land, and on 24 October 2020, Pope Francis appointed him as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Benedetta Capelli, Vatican News, 10 July 2023

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