General Assembly 2017
Celebrazione dell'Anno Giubilare della Misericordia
800 anniversario della festa del Perdono di Assisi
Il 4 agosto, il Papa Francesco venne a pregare nella piccola cappella della Porziuncola, come parte dell'Anno del Giubileo della Misericordia. Parlò di misericordia e di riconciliazione e ci indicò cammini di misericordia e di riconciliazione offrendo spontaneamente un tempo per il sacramento della riconciliazione, cantando e pregando con noi e nella sua visita ai malati che si trovano nell'infermeria dei Frati, pronto sempre ad abbracciare e salutare tutti! Verso la fine di questo tempo insieme ad Assisi, i ministri generali sono stati invitati a salutare Papa Francesco.
Fratelli e Sorelle, continuiamo a pregare per il nostro
buon Papa Francesco!
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Celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy
at the Portiuncula
800th Anniversary of the Feast of the Pardon of Assisi
On August 4, Pope Francis came as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy to pray in the small chapel of the Portiuncula. He spoke of mercy and reconciliation and showed us ways of mercy and reconciliation through the spontaneous time for the sacrament of reconciliation, through the songs and prayers offered, through visiting the sick in the infirmary of the Friars, through his smile, ready embrace and greetings for all.
Toward the end of his time in Assisi, the General Ministers of the Franciscan Family were invited to greet Pope Francis.
Sisters and brothers,
let us continue to pray for our good Pope Francis!
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THE PORTIUNCULA INDULGENCE AND THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
800th anniversary Perdon d'Assisi
Franciscan Family Conference
Two important events are marked during 2016: the anniversary of the date traditionally associated with the granting of the Portiuncula Indulgence, which was inspired by St. Francis’ wish that "everyone be brought to heaven", and the celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy, inspired by the Pope who bears St. Francis’ name. We can leave to historians the debate regarding when exactly the Portiuncula Indulgence was granted; our concern here is the opportunity provided by this coincidence of dates to explore the rich theme of mercy and forgiveness in the context of our Franciscan spiritual tradition.
The word Misericordia is very dear to St. Francis, who in his writings frequently uses it in two ways; referring both to God's mercy towards us, and our showing mercy to our brothers and sisters. This is reminiscent of the Gospel phrase that the Pope has suggested as the motto of the Jubilee Year: "Be merciful as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6:36).
July 23, 2016, feast of St. Brigid, Patroness of Europe
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World Youth Day 2016
Dear young Franciscans all over the world!
Our Seraphic Brother Saint Francis showed himself to be a true lover of God's mercy. Finding himself deeply loved by the "Father of Mercies" (Cf. 2 COR 1.3) while still in his youth, the poor man of Assisi allowed this virtue to embrace his life and become in him availability, movement and liberation. Francis himself manifested this dynamism when he writes in his Testament that the Lord led his heart so he could go among the lepers, giving and receiving mercy (Cf. Test 2-3).
In this direction, inspired by St. Francis, we want to make a triple invitation to young people around the world, and so we invite you to participate in this upcoming World Youth Day.
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See website: www.krakow2016.com/en/