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  • Franciscans mark 800 years of serving in the Holy Land

    Franciscans mark 800 years of serving in the Holy Land

    The Franciscan mission to the Holy Land was commissioned in 1217 by St. Francis of Assisi himself, and over 100 years later – in 1342 – the Holy Land province of the Franciscans were officially declared the custodians of the holy shrines by Pope Clement VI. In a message marking their 800 years of service, Pope Francis called them “ambassadors of the entire People of God.”

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  • Pope recognizes martyrdom of Franciscans killed in Guatemala

    Pope recognizes martyrdom of Franciscans killed in Guatemala

    Pope Francis advanced the causes for sainthood for nine people on Tuesday October 10 at the Vatican. Two of those, a priest and a layman, were Franciscans who were martyred in Guatemala. They were killed shortly after Blessed Stanley Rother was martyred there. Rother was recently beatified in Oklahoma.

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  • Living in that same light as St. Clare

    Living in that same light as St. Clare

    St. Clare of Assisi — her feast day is observed on August 11— sought to live Franciscan spirituality from within the enclosure of her cloister. While the Franciscan friars were preaching in the cities and rebuilding churches externally, Clare and the sisters were living within the enclosure with a stronger focus on contemplation, intimacy, and relationality.

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