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Franciscan Friar chosen to lead Lenten Retreat for the Pope

Posted on 16 Feb, 2017 in news

Br. Giulio Michelini, OFM, will lead meditations on the Gospel of Matthew’s passion, death and resurrection of Jesus for Pope Francis and members of the Roman Curia for their Lenten retreat on March 5-10 at the Casa Divin Maestro retreat center in Ariccia.

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The “Piccolo Coro” (Little Choir) of the Antoniano of Bologna

Posted on 15 Feb, 2017 in news

The Piccolo Coro “Mariele Ventre” directed by Sabrina Simoni, is the most visible part of the Antoniano of Bologna and it is an expression of the values of this institution.

The Piccolo Coro is an opportunity to talk about all the typical values of the Franciscan world; The Piccolo Coro has a heart: taking care of others, singing good words to help people feel how it might be nice to share the way of life and the way of living of Francis of Assisi.

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“1517-2017” – First Chapter of Mats of the Friars Minor in Germany

Posted on 14 Feb, 2017 in news

Germany is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation (2017). The First Order of St. Francis recalls the division that took place in 1517 with the Pontifical Bull “Ite vos”, which divides the Order in two: the Conventual and the Observant Franciscans. Ten years later another Branch of the Order was born: the Capuchins.

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Br. Bill Short appointed Director of Collegium S. Bonaventurae

Posted on 13 Feb, 2017 in news

Br. William (Bill) Short has been appointed Director of the Collegium S. Bonaventurae – International Center for Franciscan Studies and Research, the successor of Quaracchi study center in Grottaferrata and is now at St. Isidore in Rome.

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News from Franciscan Missions, Waterford, USA

Posted on 11 Feb, 2017 in Album, news

The team at Franciscan Missions in Waterford, Wisconsin, announces the new look of its website, www.franciscanmissions.org. Upon entering the site, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the worldwide mission work of the Order.

Compelling stories, including a weekly blog, about the daily lives of Franciscan missionaries and the people they serve are featured.

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The Franciscans of France celebrate 800 years

Posted on 10 Feb, 2017 in news

The poet Br. Pacifico, one of the companions of St Francis of Assisi, established the first Franciscan Community in France at Vézelay in 1217, before continuing the journey to Saint Denis (Paris). After eight centuries, the Franciscan family counts in France today more than 3000 members (OFM, OFMConv, OFMCap., Poor Clares, Franciscan Sisters, and seculars of all ages).

The first Friars Minor sent by Francis of Assisi, have had a tremendous positive impact on the history of France and neighboring countries.

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U.S. Franciscan Friars speak out against immigration ban

Posted on 6 Feb, 2017 in news

The recent actions of President Donald J. Trump regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees entering our country have been troubling to a wide ranging group of citizens across the United States. As Franciscans, we are morally outraged by and resolutely denounce the January 27, 2017 Executive Order addressing the U.S. immigrant and refugee admission program.

While the action’s stated intention is to protect the U.S. from terrorism, it is ill conceived and counter to our country’s founding principles.

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Gathering of Provincial Ministers of the South Slavic Conference (Slovenia)

Posted on 3 Feb, 2017 in Album, news

The regular gathering of the Conference of South Slavic Provincial Ministers took place on January 28, 2017 in the Franciscan friary of Brezje. Present were Conference Provincial Ministers: friar Miljenko Šteko (Mostar), friar Andrija Bilokapić (Zadar), friar Marjan Čuden (Ljubljana), friar Jozo Marinčić (Sarajevo), friar Joško Kodžoman (Split), friar Ilija Vrdoljak (Zagreb), the secretary of the Conference friar Robert Bahčić and the general Definitor friar Ivan Sesar.

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Franciscans Open a Unique Museum in Jerusalem

Posted on 12 Jan, 2017 in news

The Terra Sancta Museum is the world’s first museum dedicated to the roots of Christianity and the preservation of the Holy Places. The museum is an initiative of the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land, who for more than 800 years have safeguarded the Holy Places.

The Terra Sancta Museum is being built in two Franciscan buildings of the Custody of the Holy Land, the Monastery of the Flagellation and the St. Saviour Monastery.

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Notification of the Death of Br. Oswald Gill, OFM

Posted on 10 Jan, 2017 in news

Br. Oswald (Thomas Pearse) Gill of the Province of Ireland died on Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Cork, Ireland. He was 99 years old with 80 years of religious life and 73 years of priesthood. He taught classics for 22 years and then volunteered to minister in Chile and later in California before moving to the General Curia where he was Assistant to the General Secretary and Vice Secretary for Missionary Evangelisation. He returned to Ireland in 1997 and served in Limerick before moving to Cork in 2008. May he rest in peace.

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Death of a Friar who was in service at the OFM General Curia

Posted on 24 Dec, 2016 in news, OFS

Br. Benet Fonck of the U.S.A. Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus died on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, Illinois.

Br. Benet worked with the Secular Franciscans in various places in the United States. He then served in Rome from 1980-1985 at the OFM General Curia as the General Spiritual Assistant for the Secular Franciscan Order and also did work in writing the new constitutions of the Secular Franciscans. After his time in Rome, he returned to the United States and worked in various ministries. May he rest in peace.

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RIP Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns

Posted on 15 Dec, 2016 in news

On December 14, 2106, Franciscan Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, died in São Paulo, Brazil at the age of 95. The Cardinal lived 76 years of religious life, 71 years of priesthood, 50 years of the episcopate and 43 years of cardinalate. He was Archbishop of São Paulo from 1970 to 1998.

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Statement regarding the future of the Franciscan International Study Centre

Posted on 14 Dec, 2016 in Formation, news

After forty-six years of existence, the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury will close on the 30th of June 2017. Its Board of Trustees passed the following resolution on 1st December 2016:

“The Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury shall cease functioning at the end of Trinity Term 2017, and begin the process of closure and the eventual alienation of the property.”

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Notice of the Death of Br. Anselm Moons, OFM

Posted on 17 Nov, 2016 in news

Br. Anselm Moons, OFM, a member of the Holy Martyrs of Gorcum Province died on November 13th 2016 in Warmond, the Netherlands, at the age of 92. Born Wilhelmus Andreas Moons, he was a Professed friar for 74 years and a priest for 67 years, during which time he was a missionary in Pakistan where he served as Provincial Minister, and as the first Rector of Christ the King Seminary. In 1979, Anselm was elected General Definitor for Asia.

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Fraternal Gathering of the Franciscan Friars of Rome

Posted on 14 Nov, 2016 in Album, Franciscanism, news, video

On 12 November 2016, the Friars of the different Franciscan Families living in Rome gathered for the second time. The special meeting was held at the Capuchin Friars’ College of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, with the theme: “… camminare insieme (walking together).”

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Friar Alessandro, a Voice from Assisi will Resound Once More All Over the World

Posted on 11 Nov, 2016 in news

A Voice from Assisi will once again ring around all over the world on 22nd November 2016 and everyone is welcome to be a part of it. The American Television Channel, PBS is recording a concert of the internationally famous tenor, Friar Alessandro, at the Upper Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. The concert is to be screened nationwide across the USA in March 2017.

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Meeting of the Commission on Prayer and Devotion

Posted on 9 Nov, 2016 in Album, news

The Commission on Prayer and Devotion, whose members are Br. Julio César Bunader (Vicar General), Br. Emilio Rocha Grande, Br. Diego Dalla Gassa and Br. Gerardo Evans, gathered in El Palancar, Cáceres, from October 31st to November 5th 2016. The purpose was to present to the General Definitory, the content of the Guidelines to establish a Hermitage or House of Prayer, as it is indicated by the General Chapter 2015 (see Decision 7).

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10 Years of Franciscan presence in Myanmar

Posted on 8 Nov, 2016 in Album, news

On 29 October 2016, the Foundation of St Francis of Assisi in Myanmar marked its 10th foundation anniversary with the Eucharistic Celebration presided by the Minister General, Br. Michael A. Perry. Present during the celebration were Br. Greg Redoblado, the Definitor General for Asia and Oceania and Delegate General of the Foundations of Thailand and Myanmar, Br. Ignatius Lam, Provincial Minister of St. Francis of Assisi in Vietnam, Br. John Nguyen Gia Thin, (former member of the Myanmar Foundation) and Br. Arvind Kerketta, from the Foundation of Our Lady of the Angels in Thailand. The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) sisters and the SFO’s of Myanmar were also present, Members of the Jesuits, the La Salle brothers, Dominican sisters, Canossians, the Faithful Companions of Jesus and many others also came to join the celebration. A festive lunch followed and a cultural show in the evening was performed by the friars and the FMM sisters.

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3rd Asian Young Friars Gathering held in Vietnam

Posted on 7 Nov, 2016 in Album, news

The Third Asian Young Friars Gathering (AYFG) was held last October 18-27, 2016 in the Province of St. Francis Vietnam with the theme: “Going to the Peripheries with the Joy of the Gospel.” It was attended by 47 delegates from about 14 entities in Asia, Australia and Oceania. The event was graced with the presence of the Minister General, Br. Michael Anthony Perry, OFM and Br. Lino Gregorio Redoblado, the General Definitor for Asia and Oceania.

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CNEWA Helps Spread Franciscan Message on Syria

Posted on 29 Oct, 2016 in news

This story appeared on the blog of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association on 21 October 2016.

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) works with many groups in the Middle East. The men and women of the Franciscan family are among our partners. Franciscans have been in the Middle East since the time of St. Francis in the 13th century. The Custody of the Holy Land has been the organization through which Franciscans have worked as custodians of the holy places for eight centuries. However, Franciscan men and women in the Middle East are engaged in far more than maintaining shrines. They run parishes, schools, hospitals, etc., in almost every country in the region.

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Agreement Signed to Give Life to the Academy of Civilizations

Posted on 27 Oct, 2016 in Formation, news

The University cannot be self-referential, rather it must become a real and virtual place capable of putting together the experiences of the different cultures of the world: this is the spirit with which a cooperation agreement was signed on languages for a new communication: towards the Academy of civilizations. The institutions involved are: the Università Telematica Internazionale UNINETTUNO, the Pontifical University Antonianum, ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education) and EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities).

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COMPI: XXXII Ongoing Formation Conference

Posted on 27 Oct, 2016 in news

COMPI promotes the “XXXII Conference for Formation and Studies,” in S. Maria degli Angeli, at Casa Leonori, Via Giosuè Borsi (Tel. 075 8044682 Fax 075 8044666, info@casaleonori.com, www.casaleonori.com) from November 21 to 24, 2016, entitled “You are Good, the Supreme Good. Towards a Franciscan Formation for the Common Good.”

After addressing the elements that obstruct the common good (Br. Nicholas Riccardi), there will be a rereading and reinterpretation of some Franciscan images and images of St. Francis (Marco Bartoli). Brs. Johannes B. Freyer and Albert Schmucki will conclude the Conference.

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Split-Trstenik: Meeting of Provincials of Northern and Southern Slavic OFM Conferences

Posted on 24 Oct, 2016 in news

There was a gathering of the Provincial Ministers of South and North Slavic Conference on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, in the Friary of Br. Ante Antić in Split, Trstenik. It was chaired by Br Ivan Sesar, OFM, the General Definitor.

The meeting was attended by the following provincial Ministers

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FRIAR App Version 2.0 Released

Posted on 17 Oct, 2016 in news

The Franciscan Friars of the United States (USFranciscans) are excited to announce the release of FRIAR App 2.0 with new features that expand the way we connect via the app.

Expanded Interconnectivity
In version 2.0 of the app, new features are designed to increase the ways that you can connect with others in this prayer community. You can now:

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Obituary of Friar John David Vaughn, OFM

Posted on 14 Oct, 2016 in news

Franciscan Father John Vaughn, OFM, passed to eternal life on October 10, 2016 in Santa Barbara. He was 88 years old, 67 years professed in the Franciscan order, and 61 years a priest. A quiet, humble friar, he was beloved and admired by all who knew him, especially in his home Province of St. Barbara, a region of the Franciscans in the western United States.

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A Historic Event on the Feast of St. Francis

Posted on 13 Oct, 2016 in Homilies, Minister General, news

Our General Minister, Br. Michael A. Perry, presided at the Eucharist in the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi on October 4, 2016. In his homily, Br. Michael, through the recitation of the Canticle of the Creatures, reflected on the message that “we are not here to celebrate death rather we are gathered to celebrate life!”

On the same day, the OFM Conventual General Minister, Br. Marco Tasca, presided at the Eucharistic Celebration in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Porziuncola.

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Fraternal Gathering of Franciscan Friars of Rome in the College of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi

Posted on 12 Oct, 2016 in news

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, all members of the Franciscan Family (OFM., OFM Conv., OFM Cap., and TOR) of Rome are invited to a fraternal meeting, organized by the General Vicars. Bishop Rubén Tierrablanca, OFM Bishop in Istanbul, will speak on the theme: “The intercultural reconciliation.”

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Notice of the Death of Br. John Vaughn, Former Minister General

Posted on 11 Oct, 2016 in news

Br. John Vaughn, OFM (born in 1928) was the 116th General Minister of the Order and served in this role from 1979 to 1991, after which he returned to his Province in California and formed many friars as Novice Master of the St. Barbara Province. In recent years he had been in failing health, but continued to be an inspiration and spiritual father to many. He passed away in Santa Barbara, California early in the morning of October 10th. May his humble and noble soul rest in peace.

Further information to follow.

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US Franciscans’ Revitalization and Restructuring: Moving Forward – Together

Posted on 26 Sep, 2016 in news

Techny, Illinois, 22-25 August 2016. At a gathering of the administrations of the seven U.S. Provinces at Techny Towers, the friars affirmed the process of the revitalization and restructuring of Franciscan life in the United States. The overwhelming majority of participants confirmed their desire to move forward towards creating a new reality for our renewed Franciscan life in the United States together.

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Friars Minor of Brazil gathered in their Assembly

Posted on 23 Sep, 2016 in news

The Brazilian Conference of Provincial Ministers gathered in their Assembly from the 20th to 23rd of September in Campo Largo (Curitiba). Every three years the Conference meets with the Secretariats of Formation and Studies and those of Missions and Evangelization.

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Pope Francis in Assisi for World Day of Prayer for Peace

Posted on 21 Sep, 2016 in news

(Source: Vatican Radio)

Pope Francis told those present at the closing ceremony for the World Day of Prayer for Peace gathering in Assisi, Tuesday, “we have come to Assisi as pilgrims in search of peace.”  He said that, “God is calling us to confront the great sickness of our time: indifference”, adding we cannot remain indifferent. 

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ESC Hosts Inter-Franciscan Vocation Directors Mega-Conference

Posted on 21 Sep, 2016 in Album, news

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, USA – “Religious life ‘is not over’! It is only now beginning! Go out and announce this message of joy, hope, transfiguration and transformation!”

It was with these words of enthusiasm that Br. Michael Perry, OFM, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, encouraged friars participating in the 2016 Franciscan Mega-Conference for Vocations, titled “Lesser Brothers on a Vocation Journey of Mercy,” to renew their commitment to religious vocation and to share the joy it brings to a new generation. His message of hope and passion for the Gospel way of life, as exhibited by St. Francis and his brothers, was a welcome start to what has become an important event in the life of the English-speaking communities of the three branches of the Franciscan First Order (OFMs, Capuchins, and Conventuals), the Brothers of Brooklyn, and the Friars of the Renewal.

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EAC Ministers’ Meeting in Cebu

Posted on 20 Sep, 2016 in Album, news

The Provincial Ministers, Custodes, President and Secretaries of the East Asian Conference (EAC) gathered for their Annual Meeting in Cebu City, Philippines on 5-8 September 2016 with this year’s theme, “Moving to the Peripheries as Brothers and Lesser Ones.” 

The Minister General, Br. Michael Anthony Perry, in his message delivered by General Definitor Br. Lino Gregorio Redoblado, renewed his invitation for more friars to volunteer as missionaries to fourteen mission areas under the General Curia. About 60 friars are needed to volunteer to these new mission fields. He said that what is needed are “men of deep faith who are committed to living in fraternity and sharing life and mission together, men who are flexible, capable of learning new languages, willing to collaborate with fellow friars and also with the people of God, and open to learning and sharing new cultural and life experiences.” 

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The support and the presence of the Franciscan Friars in Syria

Posted on 16 Sep, 2016 in news

Since the beginning of the war in Syria, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land have never left the country and are still present in several cities: Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo, and in some villages of the Orontes Valley. They help the local population without distinction, with particular attention to children and women. The brothers have created four reception centers, supported by the pro Terra Sancta, managing the purchasing of food, clothing and basic necessities.

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Lithuanian Franciscan Family celebrated the Feast of Mercy

Posted on 14 Sep, 2016 in Album, news, OFS

The Franciscan Family in Lithuania celebrated a very special “Feast of Mercy” on 27 August 2016 to commemorate, not only the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the 800th Anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi, but also the 25th year of the reestablishment of the Third Order and the 10th year of the establishment of the Franciscan Youth Fraternity in Lithuania.

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Minister General and the Assembly of the Caribbean Franciscan Custody

Posted on 13 Sep, 2016 in Album, Minister General, news

The Caribbean Custody “Holy Mary of Hope” held its annual meeting with the attendance of the Minister General Br. Michael A. Perry in the Mission House Claret of Puerto Rico, from the 3th to the 8th of September.

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Br. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, ordained Archbishop

Posted on 12 Sep, 2016 in news

BERGAMO – The Church of the Holy Land and Bergamo united in joy and thanksgiving this Saturday, September 10, 2016, when Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, was ordained Archbishop in the Cathedral of Bergamo.

“I want to be a bishop for all, for those who are entrusted to me,

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Franciscan Treasures Showcased at the Metropolitan Museum New York

Posted on 12 Sep, 2016 in news

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has organized a landmark exhibition Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven which will demonstrate the key role that the Holy City, sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths, played in shaping the art of a period during which Jerusalem was home to more cultures, religions, and languages than ever before. In times of peace as well as war, Jerusalem remained a constant source of inspiration that resulted in art of great beauty and fascinating complexity.

Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven (September 26 to January 8, 2017) is the first exhibition to

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Br. Matthias Maier: New President of “Missionszentrale der Franziskaner”

Posted on 9 Sep, 2016 in news

9 September 2016 – At a ceremony last weekend, Br. Matthias Maier was welcomed by Br. Oliver Ruggenthaler (President of COTAF) as the new president of Missionszentrale der Franziskaner (MZF) in Bonn. Br. Matthias follows Br. Claudius Gross who served 6 years as Head of the Bonn-based relief organization.

Br. Oliver and Br. Jan van den Eijnden (Vice-president of MZF) spoke about the uniqueness and internationality of MZF as a COTAF institution and thanked Br. Claudius in the name of the board of MZF.

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Spiritual Solidarity: a message to the victims of the earthquake in Central Italy

Posted on 28 Aug, 2016 in news

The Order of Friars Minor would like to convey a message to the victims of the earthquake which occurred in Central Italy.

With deep sorrow for what happened, the Friars Minor have prayed and are praying for all the victims: for those who have lost their lives, that the Lord of life grant them a share in his immortal life; for the wounded and for those who have lost loved ones, that they may feel the strengthening presence of the Risen Lord in this time of grief.

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Upcoming Events

Posted on 16 Aug, 2016 in news

Franciscan week in Venice
Study Programs at the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury
12th Ongoing Formation Course on Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue in Istanbul
Symposium on “Spirituality and Identity” in Graz, Austria
Conference on “The Friars Minor and the Reform” in Hofheim, Germany
Second Masters in the Pastoral Care of Vocations in S. Maria degli Angeli, Assisi

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Pope Francis’ Pilgrimage in Assisi

Posted on 9 Aug, 2016 in Album, news, video

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis made a private pilgrimage on Thursday to the Italian town of Assisi and spoke about the importance of forgiveness, saying only the path of forgiveness can truly renew the Church and the world. He lamented that “too many people are caught up in resentment and harbour hatred because they are incapable of forgiving.” “These people,” he went on, “ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them.”

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US Franciscan Family issues joint Message for Year of Mercy

Posted on 2 Aug, 2016 in news

In a first-of-its-kind effort, more than 50 communities of Franciscan priests, brothers, sisters and seculars in the United States has issued a joint message for the Jubilee Year of Mercy from the U.S. Franciscan Family. The publication of the message coincides with the Feast of the Portiuncula which marks the 800th anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi, the great Franciscan feast day of mercy.

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The Beginning of the 8th Centenary of the Portiuncula Indulgence

Posted on 2 Aug, 2016 in Album, news

The 8th centenary of the Pardon of Assisi (the Portiuncula Indulgence) has begun. Br. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap, led a Triduum in preparation for the feast from 29th to 31st July, and on August 1st Br. Michael A. Perry presided at morning Mass to open the celebration of the feast. in the afternoon, the pilgrims of the Franciscan March were welcomed to the Portiuncula. On August 2nd Card. Gualtiero Bassetti presided at the Solemn Mass which launched the 8th Centenary of the Pardon of Assisi.

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Schedule of Pope Francis’ Pilgrimage at the Portiuncula

Posted on 20 Jul, 2016 in news

On 4 August 2016, Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage to the Portiuncula. Three moments will mark the pilgrimage: a personal prayer in the Portiuncula, a reflection, and a meeting with the friars of the Portiuncula’s infirmary.

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A Gathering for Reconciliation and Forgiveness at the Portiuncola

Posted on 12 Jul, 2016 in Album, news, video

On 11 July 2016, before the beginning of the centenary year of the Pardon of Assisi, a Gathering for Reconciliation and Forgiveness of all the Franciscan Families of the Umbrian region was celebrated at the Portiuncola.

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Meeting of the Russia- Kazakhstan Foundation

Posted on 11 Jul, 2016 in Album, news

The Friars of the “Saint Francis” Foundation of Russia-Kazakhstan, are meeting at the Curia General in Assembly between 7th and 14th July, with the aim of examining the presence of the Order in these places, while at the same time seeking new forms and projects for the future.
Taking advantage of the Year of Mercy, they will make a pilgrimage during the period to the town of Assisi to receive the grace of forgiveness.

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Young Friars participate in Study Pilgrimage in preparation for Solemn Profession

Posted on 5 Jul, 2016 in Album, news

Rome, General Curia, 04 July 2016 – Eighteen young friars from the three branches of the Franciscan Family (OFM, OFMConv, OFMCap), have come to share a meal with the Brothers of the General Curia as they began their three-week retreat and pilgrimage in Rome, the Rieti Valley and Assisi.

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Pope Francis Pilgrim to the Porziuncola

Posted on 5 Jul, 2016 in news

The Bishop of Assisi, Mons. Domenico Sorrentino, the General Minister of the Order of Friars Minor, Br. Michael A. Perry, the Provincial Minister of the Friars Minor of Umbria, Br. Claudio Durighetto, the Custos of the Porziuncola, Br. Rosario Gugliotta, in communion with the whole Franciscan family, announce that the Pope will visit the Porziuncola on the afternoon of 4 August 2016.

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LAUDATO SI’: the new song by Friar Gianni

Posted on 4 Jul, 2016 in JPIC, news

Laudato si’ (Praise Be To You) is a song written by Br. Gianni Mastromarino, inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical published in June 2015.

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