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Site of Francis’ Preaching to Birds to Be an Outdoor Sanctuary

ASSISI — The field where St. Francis preached to a flock of birds will become an outdoor sanctuary. A press conference held June 26 announced the design of the project, introduced the artist and launched a campaign to raise 120,000 euros. The miraculous preaching took place circa 1220 in Piandarca, near the community of Cannara, …

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‘All brothers’: Pope Francis to sign new encyclical on Oct. 3 in Assisi

Pope Francis will sign a new encyclical after Mass celebrated in the Basilica of St. Francis on 3 October. The ceremony will take place without the faithful present, in respect of the current health situation. By Vatican News Pope Francis will visit the Italian town of Assisi on 3 October to sign a new encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti …

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Reflection on Water as Symbol of the Cry of the Poor and Cry of the Earth

The JPIC Commission is pleased to share the reflection, Aqua fons vitae: Orientations on Water, symbol of the cry of the poor and the cry of the Earth. It was released by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, following the celebration of World Water Day 2020. This new document is rooted in the Social Teaching …

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KOINÕNIA: OFS in times of great change

The latest issue of KOINÕNIA is published. Fr. Pedro Zitha, OFM, discusses “The secular franciscan and the immigrant” The KOINÕNIA theme for 2020 is: Secular Franciscans in times of great changes.

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Booklet on General Chapter Offers a Moment in OFS History

A booklet about the 2008 General Chapter in Hungary is now available in four languages (English, Italian, Spanish and French). The 24-page booklet by Robert and Mary Stronach offers a first-person account and reflection, along with photos, on the historic chapter, which was held in conjunction with the close of the 800th anniversary celebration of …

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Help us to drill water borehole in Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre, Zimbabwe

Mutemwa is a very special place situated in Mashonaland, in the Eastern Province of Zimbabwe where a Secular Franciscan from United Kingdom, John Bradburne, OFS, lived the last 10 years of his life, caring for the community there who were living with the devastating effects of leprosy. John was killed during the Zimbabwe independence war …

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Webinar on Pandemic and People in Poverty on July 13

Franciscans International is cosponsoring a webinar on Monday, July 13, on the topic, “COVID-19 and the human rights of people living in poverty.” The webinar is in English and runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. CET (Central European Time). To participate in the webinar, please register at: https://bit.ly/C19Poverty Click here for details, including speakers/panelists. (PDF)

Marriage and the family: the reality and the challenges

MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY: THE REALITY AND CHALLENGES OBSERVE ¿WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD? The social reputation of Catholic marriages is falling. The numbers of 2018 weddings. Daily Newspaper El País. Madrid, Spain. Barely one third of weddings celebrated every year in Spain (163,430 in 2018, some 5.9% less that the previous year) are …

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