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News 2017
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Statement on United States’ Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

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planetNEWS 2017 - President Donald J. Trump just announced that he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is a necessary step towards reversing climate change and the damage humans have inflicted upon the environment; it has been approved by all the world’s countries except Syria, Nicaragua, and now the US...

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Franciscans Condemn the Administration's Decision to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement

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franciscanNEWS 2017 - Franciscans Condemn the Administration's Decision to Pull Out of Paris Climate Agreement. The United States must take the lead in addressing the climate crisis by honoring international agreements. Washington, DC - The announcement by President Trump to pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement is a decision with catastrophic...

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OFM, Unity within arm's reach

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ofm madridNEWS 2017 - The participation of the three OFM General Ministers in the seventh Congress of the School of Higher Franciscan Studies (ESEF) concluded on May 23, 2017. After having listened to the three I have the certainty that the unity of the Obediences will occur sooner or later. In his final speech the three Ministers encouraged the bases to take initiative, to “test”...

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Priests: f. Weber (Divine Word), “constant discernment all through one’s education”

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usg assemblraNEWS 2017 - “Sometimes, hierarchical cultures can give a distorted image of religious life, seeing it as a way to achieve a high status, power and importance. In addition to such factors, family pressures on becoming a priest can be very strong in some cultures. Parental influence on vocational aspirations can be particularly problematic in candidates from traditional cultures...

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Russia: religious communities, fund raising “for parcels of food and drugs to be sent to people who need them in Syria”

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councilNEWS 2017 - As decided in late March at the yearly meeting of the Council on Cooperation with Religious Associations, under the aegis of the President of the Russian Federation, the religious communities of Russia have started a fund raising campaign to buy humanitarian aids for the Syrian population. The initiative is coordinated by “a special workgroup...

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