“The General Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) at the Curia of the Friars Minor assists the Minister General and his Definitorium by animating and coordinating all that which has to do with Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, in conformity with the General Constitutions, the General Statutes, and the decisions of General Chapters and Plenary Councils of the Order” (ppSS, Art. 1).
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. (more…)
COP22 (Conference of the Parties), organized by UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), took place in Marrakesh, Morocco on 8-18 November 2016.
Last year, COP 21 in Paris was attended by 20 Franciscan delegations, including Roman 6, to testify that the Franciscans are united with civil society on climate justice. At COP22, 4 Franciscan friars (more…)
Since last October 5, a group of young protesters occupies the Bolivar Plaza, in what is being called the “camp by the peace,” that has set itself up in Center of Bogota. In said camp, University personnel prepare activities and events so more people will join the cause: the end of the conflict. (more…)
Contact – Contatto – Contacto (07-09.2016) (more…)
The mega mining does not solve the economic problems of our countries, on the contrary has harmful effects on people, communities and nature. This is one of the conclusions reached by the participants in the Third Meeting of the Churches and Mining Latin America Network, held from 2 to 4 September in the Colombian capital, which brought together 50 ( bishops, priests religious and lay) leaders from various countries. (more…)
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…
Laudato si’ (Praise Be To You) is a song written by Br. Gianni Mastromarino, inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical published in June 2015. (more…)
So many friars around the world are committed to the protection and care of Creation. Together with numerous other people who share our ideals, this month we celebrated World Environment Day (WED) as well as the first anniversary of Laudato si’. This is a good opportunity to share some stories of friars who work in this area! (more…)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 17, 2016
May the Lord give you peace! This is the traditional greeting of St. Francis of Assisi, one that has been adopted over the eight centuries of the Franciscan Order by its members. It signals one of the main themes in the life of our founder and his followers: the call to be instruments of peace.
This week, here in the United States, we once again find ourselves dealing with yet another instance of the seemingly endless stream of senseless violence in our land. This time with 49 innocent deaths, and an equal number of injuries, at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. There have been 182 mass shootings this year alone. These shootings have taken the lives of 288 people and injured another 673. Six of these shootings have taken place since Orlando. These tragic moments serve add to a culture of fear in our nation that makes us suspicious of anyone we define as “other.” (more…)
June 18 marked the first year anniversary of the publication of the encyclical, on care of our common house, by Pope Francis: Laudato Si‘. We have already published some resources to celebrate the “Laudato Si’ week.” Please visit http://www.ofm.org/ofm/?p=11011 for more information.
This month, some brothers of the JPIC carried out activities related to awareness and care of creation. (more…)
This month marks the first anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Care for our Common Home, with its incipit taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures.
As the anniversary approaches (18 June) we ask the Franciscan family throughout the world to commit themselves anew to the lifestyle change that is necessary to move from thought to action and to take concrete measures to care for our common home. (more…)
June 18, 2016 is the first anniversary of the encyclical, Laudato Si’. The encyclical pointed out the ecological crisis of our times and strongly suggested that we listen to the cries of the poor and our Mother Earth and response to it. When the encyclical was released believers as well as non-believers acclaimed it and the local churches worked hard to adapt and integrate it into their lifestyle. Keeping that in mind, we would like to remind the friars of a coming global event.
June 5 is World Environment Day. (more…)
Verona, June 1st, 2016 – The Europe-wide JPIC meeting on the theme of “ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES AND IMMIGRATION” – (challenges in the context of a changing Europe), concluded last week in Verona (Italy), having met from May 22nd to 29th.
A few days before the conclusion of the European conference, the friar members of the International Council joined the gathering, and had an opportunity for fraternal dialogue with all the participants. (more…)
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. (more…)
The Provincial Ministers of the Franciscans (OFM) in the United States have joined their voices to a letter encouraging President Obama to visit Hiroshima on his upcoming visit to Japan.
May 9, 2016
Dear President Obama,
Your visit to Japan in a few weeks to attend the G-7 Summit presents an extremely important opportunity to address matters of urgent concern to the legacy of your Administration and to global peace and security. (more…)
Collaboration for the Earthquake in Ecuador!
28 April 2016
May the Lord give you peace!
Last 16th April, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale struck the Province of Manabil in Ecuador, leaving numerous dead and many wounded. The Order immediately felt a special concern and solicitude for the brothers and sisters in Ecuador, expressing its solidarity by commencing prayers for the whole people of Ecuador.
Now we wish to take a further step in solidarity; we invite you to collaborate with the solidarity project begun by the Franciscan friars who are present in Ecuador. The first action taken was for immediate help through the collection of primary goods thanks to the Radio, “Francisco Stereo” and “Gesù del Gran Poder”, advancing the campaign to collect assistance in the historical Plaza San Francisco in Quito. (more…)
The International Board of Directors of Franciscans International (FI) held its semi-annual meeting at the Geneva office of FI from April 22-25, 2016.
Bo. Joe Rozansky, OFM, was elected as the new President of the Board. In September 2015, he finished up ten years in Rome as the director of the OFM Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC). Joe succeeds Doug Clorey, the previous representative of the the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) on the Board, who just completed his four-year term as President of the Board. (more…)
“The international course of Justice, Peace and Integrity of the Creation is being held for the tenth year in a row at the Pontifical University Antonianum of Rome’.
The course began on Tuesday April 5, with this year’s motto: humanity and care for our common home. It is organized by the JPIC Office of the general Curia in conjunction with the Chair of JPIC of the PUA’s Faculty of theology. This year, the course has as its central theme JPIC values in light of Pope Francisco’s Encyclical Laudato si’. (more…)
On 28 March 2016, Franciscan Friars along with Franciscan Sisters and the Christian and Muslim Communities organized a prayer service at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Lahore in Pakistan where 90 people were killed and at least 300 were injured in a suicide blast the previous evening, on Easter Sunday. Most of the victims of this horrendous act were Christian women and children who were celebrating Easter with their families in the park. Franciscan Friars, Jamil Albert and Victor Sawera, were at the spot after the bombing to assist the injured and console the grieving families. (more…)
The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) of the OFM General Curia, in collaboration with the Department of JPIC of the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome, invites participants to the annual JPIC Course.
This year´s main theme is the Encyclical of Pope Francis: Laudato si’. The course consists of two parts. (more…)