The solemn entry of the Custos of the Holy Land, Father Francesco Patton, was joyfully followed by the people of Bethlehem, who also celebrated the Patron Saint, Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

On the Saturday preceding the first Sunday of Advent, the city of Bethlehem celebrated and welcomed the Custos of the Holy Land, Father Francesco Patton. Father Patton arrived from Jerusalem passing by the Patriarchs street and walked past the monument dedicated to the tomb of Rachel, the biblical figure. Gestures that go back to an old tradition of the religious leaders.

On his arrival at Manger Square, Father Francesco Patton was received by the civil authorities of the city.

Other Franciscans and the people’s affection accompanied Father Patton on his way to the Basilica of the Nativity.