The Pope sends a letter for the 800th anniversary of the meeting of Saint Francis of Assisi with the Sultan

The Pope made a call not to give in to violence, and even less under any religious pretext, in the letter he wrote on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the meeting between Saint Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil, an event celebrated in Egypt from 1st to 3rd March.

Pope Francis’s letter, written in Latin, is addressed to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who is the papal envoy to Egypt for the celebrations of the eighth centenary of the meeting between Saint Francis of Assisi and the Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil.

The Pope remembers the poor man of Assisi as a “man of peace” who exhorted his brothers to greet people as Jesus had asked: “May the Lord give you peace.” Saint Francis, the Pope wrote, understood with his heart that all things were created by one Creator, who alone is good, and that “all people have a common Father in Him.” For this reason, “he wanted to bring to all people, with a happy and ardent spirit, the news” of the ineffable love of “the almighty and merciful God,” who “wants all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:3-4). For this reason, he invited the friars who felt called by God to go among the Saracens and other non-Christians, despite the dangers.

 

Read more at franciscanossantiago.org (Spanish)

Click here to read the Pope’s letter in Latin.