- Feb 25, 2020
Rudy Romero uses his talents as a barber to help people living on the streets of Washington by giving them haircuts.
Roger and Marguerite Sullivan have had the opportunity to travel the world, and they have created an impressive collection of Nativity scenes which they’re displaying at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington.
The Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square is not getting rave reviews: The backdrop does not look like a stable and the characters in need — hungry, naked, dead, imprisoned — don’t exactly evoke a silent night when all was cozy, calm and bright.
A new documentary, “The Sultan and the Saint,” is the story of St. Francis leaving Assisi to cross enemy lines and meet with the sultan in Damietta, Egypt, during the Fifth Crusade. The two discussed interfaith conflict, war and the search for peace.
Pope Francis said on Thursday to always be humble when serving others, especially the least of these, remembering how much you yourself have received that you did not deserve.
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.”