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European JPIC Meeting: Environmental Crisis and Immigration

Posted on 26 May, 2016 in Album, JusticePIC

22-29 May 2016 – 25 friars from COMPI, COTAF, the NORTH SLAVIC Conference, CONFRES and a delegate General of the Curia met in Verona. They shared their experiences as JPIC delegates of their countries and together they developed a reflection on the issue of immigration as a personal, social and religious reality. They are working to improve awareness and to propose concrete solutions to pastoral for our evangelization efforts as Friars Minor.

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Study Programs at the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury

Posted on 24 May, 2016 in Formation

The Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury, UK, a widely recognized institution in the Franciscan world and beyond, offers two certificates programs: a Certificate in Franciscan Studies and a Certificate in Training for Franciscan Formation. Each of these certificates can be earned within six months, namely, during the Michaelmas (Oct-Dec) and Lent (Jan-Mar) terms of a given year. The Centre also welcomes those who wish to come for a sabbatical in their beautiful surroundings and peaceful atmosphere. Those on sabbatical are free to follow the modules and short courses that are of interest to them. Excursions to sites of historical and cultural interest are offered.

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The Crucifix of San Damiano returns to the place where it spoke to Francis

Posted on 23 May, 2016 in news

Assisi, June 15-19, 2016, the Crucifix of San Damiano returns to the place where it spoke to Francis of Assisi.

In this Holy year, Pope Francisco invites everyone to join “in the great mystery of God’s mercy, contemplating the face of Christ.”

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Prayers for the “Terre Sainte” College of the Franciscan friars in Aleppo

Posted on 22 May, 2016 in news

At about six o’clock (May 21st), a missile hit the College “Terre Sainte” of the Franciscan friars in Aleppo. This friary is so dear and loved to many people of the city, especially to the families who come here every day to take a breath and to recover the energies that the ongoing war has worn.

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Beatification Of The Venerable Servant Of God, Francesco Maria Greco Cosenza, Saturday 21 May 2016

Posted on 22 May, 2016 in Postulation

Francesco Maria Greco, was born on July 27, 1857 in Acri, in what was then the Diocese of San Marco e Bisignano. Preparing for his father’s profession, pharmacist, while still a student in Naples he felt a call to the priesthood. At that time while visiting the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii, still under construction, he asked for the grace of becoming “a learned priest for doing good ministry.” He conquered the resistances of his parents and was ordained a priest in 1881. In Acri he became arch-priest-pastor of the Church of St. Nicholas, from 1888 to his death.

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Br. Genadijus Linas V., OFM, Nominated Bishop of Panevezys (Lithuania).

Posted on 21 May, 2016 in Communications

ROME – The Holy Father Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Genadijus Linas Vodopjanovas, OFM, to become the Bishop of Panevezys (Lithuania). Br. Vodopjanovas was previously Titular Bishop of Quiza and Auxiliary of Telšiai (Lithuania).

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General Definitorium with the Conference Presidents moving to the Peripheries

Posted on 21 May, 2016 in Album, General Curia

At a meeting held from 17 to May 20, 2016 at the General Curia, Rome, the General Minister submitted his Report to the General Definitorium and the 14 Conference Presidents. His Report dealt with what the Friars are experiencing in response to new challenges facing the Friars Minor in various places.

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New Custos of the Holy Land

Posted on 20 May, 2016 in Communications

The New Custos of the Holy Land is Bro. Francesco Patton. He succeeds Bro. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who has lead the Custody for the past twelve years.

Bro. Francesco was nominated by the General Council of the Order of Friars Minor, and then ratified by the Holy See, according to the Pontifical Statutes dealing with this Entity of the Franciscan Order.

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