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Francis preaches to birds

The latest issue of Vox Franciscana is available

The summer-fall issue of Vox Franciscana is available. This issue of the international publication features: Piandarca: where Francis preached to birds. pandemic doesn’t stop Presidency business. the OFS at the Vatican. JPIC in Madagascar. the Tau – history and meaning. OFS action around the globe. ...

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Young people in our fraternities: realities, protagonism and assistance

As a family commission we want to offer special attention to the young people who enter our Order, many of our families share the Franciscan path between fathers, mothers and children, nephews / nieces, grandchildren, so we want to dedicate this work proposal to them for to better accompany this journey of youth vocation in … Young people in our fraternities: realities, protagonism and assistance Read More » ...

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OFS Minister General Joins Pope for Signing of Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti”

On the anniversary of St Francis of Assisi’s death, Pope Francis celebrated Mass before the saint’s tomb in Assisi and signed the encyclical, “Fratelli tutti”. OFS Minister General Tibor Kauser joined the pope for the occasion at the Basilica of St. Francis, along with other members of the Franciscan Family, including friars and sisters. VATICAN … OFS Minister General Joins Pope for Signing of Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti” Read More » ...

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Minister General Tibor Kauser

Secular Franciscans in Beirut Need Help Due to Explosion

A call for a fundraiser for OFS members in Beirut who suffered damage due to the explosion of last August. EN Lebanon letter from minister general ...

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TAU at night at Piandarca

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, … Site of Francis’ Preaching to Birds to Be an Outdoor Sanctuary Read More » ...

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Basilica at Assisi at sunset

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

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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 … Reflection on Water as Symbol of the Cry of the Poor and Cry of the Earth Read More » ...

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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 … Booklet on General Chapter Offers a Moment in OFS History Read More » ...

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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 … Help us to drill water borehole in Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre, Zimbabwe Read More » ...

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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) ...

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Marriage and the family: the reality and the challenges

Marriage and the family: the reality and the challenges (PDF) 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 … Marriage and the family: the reality and the challenges Read More » ...

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Pentecost Dove

Minister General’s 2020 Pentecost Message

God lets us be surprised The answer we seek is in the Good News. Read Tibor’s Pentecost message   Italian: IT-Pentecoste messaggio 2020 Spanish: ES Pentecostés 2020 French: FR Pentecost message 2020 Portuguese: PT Mensagem de Pentecostes 2020 ...

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Blessing in Sibi, Ghana

‘Well4Africa’ Borehole Blessed in Ghana’s Village of Sibi

Joyful news in the middle of COVID-19 crisis – water borehole sponsored by “Well4Africa” social initiative was blessed and inaugurated on May 9 in Sibi community, Ghana. A small group of community representatives took part in the celebration due to safety reasons. Sibi is a small village in the Nkwanta District in the eastern part … ‘Well4Africa’ Borehole Blessed in Ghana’s Village of Sibi Read More » ...

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