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PDF – No 240 (01. 2017) (more…)
PDF – No 239 (12. 2016) (more…)
A Special Edition of Fraternitas dedicated to Br. John Vaughn, OFM, who 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.
PDF – No. 237 (more…)
PDF – No 238 (11. 2016) (more…)
PDF – No 236 (10.2016) (more…)
PDF – No 235 (08. 2016) (more…)
PDF – No 234 (07. 2016) (more…)
PDF – No 233 (06. 2016) (more…)
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). (more…)
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. (more…)
The Pontifical University Antonianum’s School of Philosophypaid tribute to Prof. José Antonio Merino on May 5, 2016 for his long years of service to the School and the University, presenting the Festschrift on Franciscanism in Today’s World: Francescanesimo e mondo attuale: stile di vita francescana. Omaggio dell’Università al Prof. José Antonio Abad. (more…)
The Ministers, custos of Latin America came together to celebrate the 24th plenary Assembly of UCLAF (Union of Latin American Franciscan Conferences) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, from 25 to 29 April.
20 ministers, 4 custos, 2 provincial vicars and the President of the Foundation in Haiti gathered at the Franciscan Center of the missionary province of San Antonio in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The general Minister, Br. Michael Perry, the General Definitors Br. Valmir Ramos and Fr. Ignacio Ceja, as well as the general Secretary for the missions and evangelization Br. Luis Gallardo also participated in the meeting.
The work of the Assembly was kicked off when the President of the UCLAF Br. Juan Medina welcomed everyone and called them to be guided by the Holy Spirit and to make decisions not only from the desktop or from the ideas, but from the Gospel and from the Latin American reality. (more…)
PDF – No 232 (05. 2016) (more…)
PDF – No 231 (04. 2016) (more…)
PDF – No 230 (03. 2016) (more…)
ROME REPORTS interviewed our Minister General, Michael Anthony Perry, in June 2015 about the encyclical “Laudato si’”. Here’s the video and the transcript of that interview: (more…)
PDF – No 229 (02. 2016) (more…)
PDF – No 228 (01. 2016)
DOC- No 228 (01. 2016)
PDF – No 227 (12. 2015)
DOC- No 227 (12. 2015)
PDF – No 226 (11. 2015)
DOC- No 226 (11. 2015)
The General Minister visited the Franciscan Province of St. Jerome in Croatia from the 15th to the 18th of October 2015.
His visit started in Spalato, where he visited with Br. Ivan Sesar, General Definitor, Br. Andrija Bilokapić, Provincial Minister, Br. Tomislav Šanko, Provincial Secretary and the fraternity of St. Anthony of Padua friary. (more…)
The Feast of St. Francis this year was even made greater and more meaningful by the first priesthood ordination for the Foundation: our brother, Vitaly Kostiuk, by the hands of His Excellency, Josè Louis Mumbella Serra, bishop of Almaty in Kazakhstan, was ordained October 4th (more…)
Sebaldus Linders was killed by the SS June 11, 1944, for hiding Jewish children, especially little Hans Themans.
Durante la seconda guerra mondiale nascose dei bambini ebrei e per questo fu trucidato dalle SS l’11 giugno 1944 nel campo di Vught. «Cosa c’è di meglio che dare la vita per gli altri?» queste le sue ultimi parole, dopo essersi assicurato che il piccolo Hans Themans fosse al sicuro presso una famiglia di Wijchen (more…)
Friar Alessandro will release his third album, “Voice of Peace” on 23 October 2015.
Watch the video below to hear a sample clip and his thoughts about music, Pope Francis and proclaiming the Gospel. (more…)
On September 21-22, 2015, Canadian OFM’s from the Province of St. Joseph (Eastern Canada), the Province of Christ the King (Western Canada), the Ontario Foundation of the Immaculate Conception Province (Toronto), the Croatian Franciscan Custody of the Holy Family(Chicago), and the Lithuanian Franciscan Friars of Toronto, (more…)
PDF – No 225 (10. 2015)
DOC- No 225 (10. 2015)
Saint Francis: the Key to Reading Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment
The Ministers General of the Franciscan Family offer their Joy and Thanks
The Ministers General of the Franciscan Family offer their joy and thanks for publication of Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato sì, on care for our common home.” In the letter Saint Francis is cited twelve times, making him the key to reading the entire text: (more…)
A Special Edition that focuses on the General Chapter 2015. This Special Edition is available in three languages: English, Spanish and Italian. (more…)
THE CARE OF THE PLANET AT THE HEART OF THE HOLY FATHER’S ATTENTION AND THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF THE FRIARS MINOR
Rome, 18/06/2015 – “Praised be You, my Lord, for Brother Sun and Sister Moon, for Brother Wind and Sister Water, for Brother Fire; praised be You, my Lord, for our Sister Mother Earth, our common home, which sustains and governs us.” (Adapted from the Canticle of the Creatures by Saint Francis of Assisi.) (more…)
PDF – No 223 (05. 2015)
DOC- No 223 (05. 2015)
PDF – No 222 (04. 2015)
DOC- No 222 (04. 2015)
With wishes for peace, we, the Ministers General, begin this letter. It marks an important moment in our journey toward the eighth centenary of the Pardon of Assisi (2016) and the fifth centenary of the Bull of Pope Leo X Ite vos, also known as the “Bulla unionis” (2017). (more…)
PDF – No 221 (03. 2015)
DOC- No 221 (03. 2015)
PDF – No 220 (02. 2015)
DOC- No 220 (02. 2015)
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally celebrated between 18-25 January, the Week of Prayer enters into congregations and parishes all over the world. The theme for the week of prayer in 2015 is “Give me a drink.” (Jn 4:1-42). The material we are presenting adds Franciscan Text. (more…)
On Saturday, January 10, 2015, a meeting of the Conference of Minister Generals of the First Franciscan Order (Friars Minor, Conventuals, Capuchins) and TOR was held at the General Curia of the Friars Minor Capuchin, together with the General Secretaries for Formation and Studies, besides those responsible for Communications of the General Curias of the various obediences. (more…)
PDF – No 219 (01. 2015)
DOC- No 219 (01. 2015)
Montreal, December 9, 2014 – June 24, 1615: on that day, Denys Jamet and Joseph Le Caron, two of the four Recollects that had accompanied Samuel de Champlain in his journey to New France, celebrated the first Mass on Montreal Island in recorded memory. This event marked what is considered to be the beginning of the Catholic church, religious life and Franciscan tradition in North America. (more…)
The Holy Father has appointed Fr. Samson Shukardin, O.F.M., as bishop of Hyderabad (area 137,386, population 22,309,840, Catholics 47,242, priests 30, religious 89), Pakistan. The bishop-elect was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1961, gave his solemn vows in 1991 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He holds a diploma in theology from the National Catholic Institute of Theology in Karachi and a licentiate in civil law from the Sindh Law College, (more…)
The year dedicated to Consecrated Life desired by Pope Francis, began with a prayer vigil the evening of 29 November, 2014 and with a celebration of the Eucharist at St. Peter’s Basilica, the morning of 30 November, the Frist Sunday of Advent. Both events were organized by the CIVCSVA. (more…)
PDF – No 218 (12. 2014)
DOC- No 218 (12. 2014)
We, the Ministers of the Conference of the Franciscan Family (CFF), wrote to you on October 23, 2012, regarding the financial situation of Franciscans International (FI), and asking for your assistance. It is with joy that we write once again, this time with good news about the organization and its work. (more…)
PDF – No 217 (11. 2014)
DOC- No 217 (11. 2014)
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