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Particular Statutes for the Missions and the Evangelization

Posted on 9 Dec, 2016 in Documents, Evangelization

The Secretary General for the Missions and Evangelization, Br. Luis Gallardo Loja, announces the availability of the Statutes for the Missions and Evangelization on the OFM website: “Brothers Secretaries for the Missions and the Evangelization of the Entities of our Order, we are pleased to announce that the General Definitory has approved the updating and publication of our Special Statutes of the General Secretariat for Missions and Evangelization (SGME) and the International Council for Missions and Evangelization (CIME). We also place them at your disposal to serve as an orientation in the work you carry out as brothers responsible for the Missionary and Evangelizing animation of your Entities”.

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Murcia Academic Ceremony

Posted on 9 Dec, 2016 in Album, Formation

On 28 November, an academic ceremony to honor Emeritus Professor Br. Francisco Víctor Sánchez Gil took place at the Theological Institute of Murcia. In his long career, Br. Victor was Director of three Franciscan journals: Carthaginensia, which he founded as the official journal of the theological Institute; Archivo Ibero-americano, a journal of Franciscan history for the Spanish-speaking world; and Archivum Franciscanum Historicum, an historical scientific journal published by the Collegio San Bonaventura.

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Our Brothers in South Sudan Ask Us to Pray for Peace

Posted on 8 Dec, 2016 in Evangelization

Our brothers of South Sudan ask for a special prayer for peace. They themselves attest “the war is continuous and there is never a day in which we do not hear the noise of weapons in the night and even during the day.” The situation remains critical, which means even more deaths, migration, desolation and hunger across the country.” Peace here is so fragile

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JPIC Christmas Message: The Richness of Existence

Posted on 7 Dec, 2016 in JPIC

For us Franciscans, Christmas is when we celebrate the mystery of God; it’s not just a festive season. Like St. Francis, who celebrated the mystery of the Incarnation in Greccio, Italy. We also commemorate that God, in the Word made flesh, has saved the world. The mystery of how God chose to be born in poverty in Bethlehem is the source of Franciscan joy at Christmas. So, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, we would like to share a few suggestions with you, keeping JPIC principles in mind, and letting you know about the “buy nothing at the holidays” movement.

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Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam

Posted on 3 Dec, 2016 in Evangelization

The Order’s Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam gathered at the General Curia from 21-25 November 2016. The Commission met to establish its agenda of activities and projects for the present sexennium, chief among which will be the preparation of diverse, multilingual materials to assist the Order and its ecumenical and interfaith friends in commemorating the eighth centenary of the meeting between St. Francis and Sultan Malik al-Kamil in 1209.

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Fraternitas No 239 (12. 2016)

Posted on 1 Dec, 2016 in Communications, Fraternitas

PDF – No 239 (12. 2016)

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Comunicato of the General Definitory November 2016

Posted on 29 Nov, 2016 in General Secretariat

The Tempo forte of November 2016 lasted almost two weeks, the second of which (14th – 18th November) was spent in conjunction with 20 Visitators General. In the first week of the meeting, after sharing some information about their various activities in the weeks since the end of the September Tempo forte, the Minister and Definitory devoted their attention to the ordinary matters of business.

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Minister General’s World AIDS Day message 2016

Posted on 28 Nov, 2016 in Letters, Minister General

My dear brothers of the Order, members of the Franciscan movement, and friends of Franciscans,

May the Lord give you peace!

In celebrating the day world of the HIV-AIDS on December 1, we commemorate so many countless men and women that have died because of this disease and we renew our commitment to put end to new HIV infections. According to the “2015 AIDS figures”, prepared by UNAIDS, the world has stopped and reversed the spread of HIV. It has achieved a reduction of the epidemic. New HIV infections and deaths related with AIDS have decreased ostensibly from the maximum point of the epidemic. Now we want to take matters a step further: let’s put end to the epidemic by 2030.

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