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VIII Centenary of the Assisi Pardon: Ancient Documents, Manuscripts and Early Printed Works

Posted on 1 Jul, 2016 in news

As part of the cultural events celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi or the Porziuncola Indulgence (1216-2016), an exhibit of ancient documents, manuscripts and early printed works has been organized to illustrate the history of this plenary indulgence, which since the 13th century has seen multitudes of pilgrims come to this place for the feast of August 2.

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Fraternitas No 234 (07. 2016)

Posted on 1 Jul, 2016 in Communications, Fraternitas

PDF – No 234 (07. 2016)  

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Franciscan Missions in Waterford and its New Leader

Posted on 26 Jun, 2016 in Development

The Franciscan Missions office has started a new chapter. Since November 2015, Fr. Teofil Czarniak, OFM, has been working as the executive director of the General Secretariat of the Franciscan Missions, Inc., in Waterford. The organization, known as Franciscan Missions, has been in existence for more than 50 years.

The mission of the organization is threefold: 1) to provide direct financial support for missions of the Order of Friars Minor throughout the world, 2) to provide financial support for the training of future missionaries, and 3) to educate the world, particularly the people of the United States, on the mission work of the Order.

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Br. Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM Nominated Apostolic Administrator Jerusalem

Posted on 24 Jun, 2016 in news

Vatican City, 24 June 2016 – The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of H.B. Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, in accordance with CIC 401 §1. Br. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM has been nominated Apostolic Administrator sede vacante, and will be ordained Archbishop, with the Titular See of Verbe.

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Laudato si’ – Praised by You, my Lord

Posted on 24 Jun, 2016 in Album, JPIC

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!

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US Provincial Ministers call for responsible gun reform

Posted on 21 Jun, 2016 in JPIC

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.” 

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Eco Guide for Parishes

Posted on 16 Jun, 2016 in Evangelization

Dear brothers, I want share with you an excellent material: “Eco Guide for parishes”, published in Spanish, by the MOVIMIENTO CATÓLICO MUNDIAL POR EL CLIMA (world-wide Catholic movement dealing with the climate). It contains practical material that can help implement the Franciscan spirit in our parishes. The authors authorize its publication, translation and dissemination. Let us join our forces in a new way of evangelizing today.

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Celebrating the first anniversary of Laudato si’

Posted on 15 Jun, 2016 in Album, JPIC

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.

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