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Comunicato of the General Definitory July 2016

Posted on 25 Jul, 2016 in General Secretariat

The Tempo Forte of July 2016 ran from 4th to 15th July. It coincided with the assembly of the Foundation of St. Francis of Assisi, in Russia and Kazakhstan, which was held in the General Curia. This allowed the brothers of the Foundation to meet with the Minister and Definitory formally in session and informally at prayer and at meals and recreation. On 11th July, the Minister and most of the Definitory travelled to Assisi to take part in the joint celebration of the Pardon of Assisi, organised by the whole Franciscan family in Umbria.

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Study Guide on the Care of Creation

Posted on 25 Jul, 2016 in Documents, JPIC

The resource booklet which you are about to read is likewise an exhortation to be open to the world around us, to listen attentively to all those creatures who inhabit this little planet, our common home. It arises from an urgent concern that the Cry of the Earth and the Cries of the Poor are being disregarded and that, as Franciscans, we must be partners in dialogue, making our specific contribution to the healing of our world, and of the people who live in it…

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Letter of the General Ministers for the VIII Centenary of the Pardon of Assisi

Posted on 23 Jul, 2016 in Letters, video

The Portiuncula Indulgence and the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Two important events are marked during 2016: the anniversary of the date traditionally associated with the granting of the Portiuncula Indulgence, which was inspired by St. Francis’ wish that “everyone be brought to heaven”, and the celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy, inspired by the Pope who bears St. Francis’ name.

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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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Franciscan Village at WYD 2016

Posted on 15 Jul, 2016 in OFS

The Franciscan Village is the place in Krakow where we want to invite everyone who is interested in the Franciscan spirituality, for a time of praying together, the time to talk, to enjoy being together and to have fun and to have the opportunity to meet Franciscan youth from all over the World.

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Feast of St. Clare 2016: Letter of the Minister General

Posted on 15 Jul, 2016 in Letters, Minister General

Dearest Sisters,
May the Lord give you peace!
Every year as August approaches, I begin to wonder what our Father Francis wants me to say to you, whom he loved to call the Poor Ladies. He was never eager to preach to you, as you know, because he had confidence in your commitment to the Gospel, as well as in the leadership of St. Clare. This confidence endures and I write simply, sharing what is in my heart and on my mind. I write as a loving brother

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Letter to the Youth for World Youth Day 2016

Posted on 13 Jul, 2016 in Letters, Minister General, OFS

Dear young Franciscans all over the world, may the Lord give you peace!

Our Seraphic Brother Saint Francis showed himself to be a true lover of God’s mercy. Finding himself deeply loved by the “Father of Mercies” (Cf. 2 COR 1.3) while still in his youth, the poor man of Assisi allowed this virtue to embrace his life and become in him availability, movement and liberation. Francis himself manifested this dynamism when he writes in his Testament that the Lord led his heart so he could go among the lepers, giving and receiving mercy (Cf. Test 2-3).

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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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