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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/



The Franciscan International Study Centre

Certificate in Training for Franciscan Formation

View program here › Brochure 2016-2017

Certificate in Franciscan Studies

View program here › Brochure 2016-2017

See website: www.franciscans.ac.uk



Coming Propositum Publication 2017
Request of writing collaboration


Theme proposed — "Responding in the Margins of Society"

We reach out to the people on the margins of society and Church, especially women, and we pledge ourselves to defend their cause.

Please, send due to October 31, 2016

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Happy Birthday Laudato Si


First anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Care for our Common Home, with its incipit taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures.

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Propositum 2016

Theme — LIVING THE GOSPEL INTERCULTURALLY

Full pubblication here › «Living the Gospel Interculturally» In the diversity of the one human family and respecting the people of all cultures, we commit ourselves in unity to living the Gospel interculturally.



Saint Francis: the Key to Reading Pope Francisí Encyclical on the Environment

The Ministers General of the Franciscan Family offer their joy and thanks for publication of Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato sì, on care for our common home”


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“Peace and all Good!”

On behalf of the IFC-TOR welcome!
The IFC-TOR web site is conceived of as an instrument of collaboration and peace. It is a meeting point for those who wish to know about us and have news of the International Franciscan Conference-TOR.

It hopes to be a source of information and a means to know the history of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular, the aims of the Conference, in how many and which countries of the world they are present members, their addresses and important information about each associated Institution.

In addition the site has the messages issued during the last General Assembly (a meeting held every four years in Assisi).

The IFC-TOR publishes a periodical Propositum, as a further means of sharing the message of the Franciscan Family.
 


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