The Order of Friars Minor would like to convey a message to the victims of the earthquake which occurred in Central Italy.
With deep sorrow for what happened, the Friars Minor have prayed and are praying for all the victims: for those who have lost their lives, that the Lord of life grant them a share in his immortal life; for the wounded and for those who have lost loved ones, that they may feel the strengthening presence of the Risen Lord in this time of grief.
Franciscan week in Venice
Study Programs at the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury
12th Ongoing Formation Course on Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue in Istanbul
Symposium on “Spirituality and Identity” in Graz, Austria
Conference on “The Friars Minor and the Reform” in Hofheim, Germany
Second Masters in the Pastoral Care of Vocations in S. Maria degli Angeli, Assisi
Letter of the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor for the feast of Saint Beatriz de Silva (in Spanish).
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis made a private pilgrimage on Thursday to the Italian town of Assisi and spoke about the importance of forgiveness, saying only the path of forgiveness can truly renew the Church and the world. He lamented that “too many people are caught up in resentment and harbour hatred because they are incapable of forgiving.” “These people,” he went on, “ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them.”
In a first-of-its-kind effort, more than 50 communities of Franciscan priests, brothers, sisters and seculars in the United States has issued a joint message for the Jubilee Year of Mercy from the U.S. Franciscan Family. The publication of the message coincides with the Feast of the Portiuncula which marks the 800th anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi, the great Franciscan feast day of mercy.
The 8th centenary of the Pardon of Assisi (the Portiuncula Indulgence) has begun. Br. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap, led a Triduum in preparation for the feast from 29th to 31st July, and on August 1st Br. Michael A. Perry presided at morning Mass to open the celebration of the feast. in the afternoon, the pilgrims of the Franciscan March were welcomed to the Portiuncula. On August 2nd Card. Gualtiero Bassetti presided at the Solemn Mass which launched the 8th Centenary of the Pardon of Assisi.
Interview with the Minister General of the Franciscan Order Br. Michael Perry and the Master of the Dominican Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré.