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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
The Friars of the “Saint Francis” Foundation of Russia-Kazakhstan, are meeting at the Curia General in Assembly between 7th and 14th July, with the aim of examining the presence of the Order in these places, while at the same time seeking new forms and projects for the future.
Taking advantage of the Year of Mercy, they will make a pilgrimage during the period to the town of Assisi to receive the grace of forgiveness.