- Jul 4, 2020
A group of more than 30 Buddhist children, ages 7 to 18, from the U.S. Zen Institute summer camp in Germantown, Maryland, visited the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington to learn about Christianity, St. Francis and his followers.
A person who decides to enter religious life faces many obstacles, but one of the most daunting and least considered initially is student debt. When vocations go up, it becomes too difficult for a community to pay off all student loans, so those entering religious life have had to find ways to pay it off themselves before getting on with their new lives.
Superiors of the four main branches of the Franciscan friars formally asked Pope Francis to allow their communities to elect brothers to positions of leadership, even though the Vatican has insisted in the past that ordination is a requisite for “the power of governance.”
The worldwide Franciscan Order is launching a new website in order to better engage with the world. The head of the Franciscans said even more people have been searching the internet for information on their founder, St. Francis of Assisi, since Pope Francis was elected in 2013.
As he studies elsewhere and awaits ordination, Franciscan Brother George Jamal still dreams of one day returning home and helping the youth of Syria and those who have faced the decision to leave. But he knows it will be difficult. He says, “I lost my past. I have my past in my memory.”
SHKODER, Albania — Human bones, old shoes and deteriorating priest collars fill cardboard boxes in the office of Franciscan Brother Vincenzo Foca, an Italian who lives and works in Shkoder. The “relics” belong to Catholics killed under Albania’s previous Communist, staunchly atheist regime, Foca explained to Catholic News Service on