• Holy Land Franciscans build interreligious bridges with Buddhist camp

    Holy Land Franciscans build interreligious bridges with Buddhist camp

    • Jul 17, 2017

    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.

  • Aspiring religious delay entry to pay off debt

    Aspiring religious delay entry to pay off debt

    • Jul 16, 2017

    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.

  • Franciscan superiors ask pope to allow brothers to be elected leaders

    Franciscan superiors ask pope to allow brothers to be elected leaders

    • Apr 11, 2017

    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.”

  • With new website, Franciscans opt for their own ‘hip-hop’ style

    With new website, Franciscans opt for their own ‘hip-hop’ style

    • Mar 24, 2017

    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.

  • Aleppo friar says learn about Syria, keep an open mind

    Aleppo friar says learn about Syria, keep an open mind

    • Jan 8, 2017

    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.”

  • Franciscan is on a quest for bones of Albania’s martyrs

    • May 21, 2016

    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