- Jun 18, 2021
A young Franciscan friar was shot at one of western Mexico’s most important Catholic sites in what local church officials are calling “an isolated incident.”
The Franciscans trace their presence in the Holy Land to 1217 when St. Francis of Assisi founded the Province of the Holy Land, a custodian priory of the order he founded in 1209 — formally called the Order of Friars Minor. On Feb. 14, the order will celebrate the 600th anniversary of Pope Martin V instituting the Commissaries of the Holy Land Feb. 14, 1421.
The trial for a former Catholic Church friar accused of sex abuse at a Mississippi school has been postponed.
A former Catholic brother has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, where he faces sexual battery charges in a case involving two impoverished Black boys who say they were pressured as men into accepting paltry payouts to settle their abuse claims.
This year the Franciscan friars in Assisi have decided to give the proceeds from an annual fundraiser to people in financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including a high number of young people now unemployed.
A congressman is asking the Department of Justice to investigate settlements to two men who say they were victims of clergy abuse at a Catholic school in Mississippi.
Franciscan friar and peasant leader Father Sérgio Görgen is warning a drought in a major food producing state in Brazil could lead to a food crisis in the country.
After more than seven decades of ministry by Franciscans in the Diocese of Charleston, the religious order’s Holy Name Province has told a group of its friars they are being withdrawn from South Carolina.