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Marists: convocation of the 22nd General Chapter

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tavolaMESSAGES - Dear Marists of Champagnat, The table preserved in the house of our origins at La Valla, has become a symbol of the community that gathered around it. Like all objects connected to real experiences of our own history, this table connects us to stories that have come down to us, and awakens in us a variety of emotions...

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There’s No Winner in War, Says Pope; Even the Victors Lose

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papa assisiMESSAGES - We can all be artisans of peace, Pope Francis affirmed at the closing ceremony of today’s World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi. And we must be artisans of peace because, he said, even the victors in a war are losers. The meeting, which brought the Pope back to Assisi despite a recent visit to the town Aug. 4 for the eighth centenary...

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Pope’s Address to Benedictine Abbots

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benedectineMESSAGES - On Thursday, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the International Congress of Benedictine Abbots. Here is a translation of the Pope’s address. Dear Father Abbots, Dear Sisters, With joy I give my welcome to you all. I greet the Abbot Primate Dom Notker Wolf, whom I thank for his kind words and especially for...

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Spiritual Solidarity: a message to the victims of the earthquake in Central Italy

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F Terremoto2016MESSAGES - The Order of Friars Minor would like to convey a message to the victims of the earthquake which occurred in Central Italy. With deep sorrow for what happened, the Friars Minor have prayed and are praying for all the victims: for those who have lost their lives, that the Lord of life grant them a share in his immortal life; for the wounded...

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Pope’s Address to Dominican General Chapter

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papaMESSAGES - Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we could describe this day as “a Jesuit among friars” in the morning with you and, in the afternoon, in Assisi with the Franciscans: <a day> among friars. I welcome you and thank Friar Bruno Cadore, Master General of the Order, for his greeting in his name and that of all those present, with the General Chapter now culminating...

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Pope to Dominican General Chapter: ‘Preaching, witness, charity’

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papa domenicaniMESSAGES - Pope Francis met with participants in the Dominican General Chapter on Thursday ahead of his afternoon visit to Assisi, speaking to them about the need to incarnate the Gospel through preaching, witness, and charity. The audience with Pope Francis concludes the General Chapter marking 800 years since the founding...

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Feast of St. Clare 2016: Letter of the Minister General

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st clarapreviewMESSAGES - Dearest Sisters, May the Lord give you peace! Every year as August approaches, I begin to wonder what our Father Francis wants me to say to you, whom he loved to call the Poor Ladies. He was never eager to preach to you, as you know, because he had confidence in your commitment to the Gospel, as well as in the leadership of St. Clare.

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Pope to Dominicans: Rededicate Yourselves to Your Tireless Founder’s Example

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san domenicoMESSAGES - Pope Francis has called on the Dominicans to rededicate themselves to their founder’s example and has urged them to testify to mercy. According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis did this in a telegram to the Master General of the Order of Preachers – the Dominicans – who are currently holding the General Chapter of Priors Provincial...

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Letter to the Youth for World Youth Day 2016

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gmgMESSAGES - Dear young Franciscans all over the world, may the Lord give you peace! 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...

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Salesians: South Sudan, a country in its infancy, has a right to peace and development

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salesiani sud sudanPRESS RELEASE - Between Sunday and Monday last, thousands of frightened people sought refuge in the Salesian mission at Gumbo, 8 km from the centre of Juba, in South Sudan, because of the resumption of armed clashes. Now the mission is home to a huge number of people: between 5,000 and 8,000 by day, a number that increases at night because many...

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Fratelli Project - Brother Andrés Porras

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LIBANO-0591MESSAGES - Dear Lasallians, I want to share with you the following ideas on the current refugee crisis. It is excellent material for reading and reflection, both individually and in community. It comes from a group of young religious from various Spanish Congregations, including the Marists. Here in Lebanon, Brother Miquel (a Marist) and I are working in two centres...

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