On October 23, in the wake of the Three Kings, Br. Massimo Fusarelli, the new Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, made his solemn entrance into the city of Bethlehem. He brought with him the burning fire of the faith of St. Francis of Assisi and hope, despite the difficult conditions experienced by the local population. The bagpipes and brass instruments of the scouts preceded the procession of Brother Fusarelli. Many children and families from Bethlehem were waiting for him. Brother Fusarelli was welcomed in the square in front of the Basilica of the Nativity by the religious and civil authorities.

The Minister General and the Vicar General are visiting the Holy Land, their first visit outside of Italy. These are days of meeting and opportunity for contacts, also ecumenical, for example with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, listening to the friars and visiting the works of the Custody. Our presence in this blessed land is very precious and an occasion to pray for peace among the peoples who inhabit it.