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  • Not a Roman holiday: Pilgrims learn lessons walking to Rome

    Not a Roman holiday: Pilgrims learn lessons walking to Rome

    • Oct 27, 2017

    The Way of St. Francis is a network of walking trails that connects Assisi to Rome. Created 15 years ago by the government of Italy’s Umbria province, it attempts to mirror the path likely trod by St. Francis of Assisi when he went to Rome to meet Pope Innocent III in 1209. Pilgrims see true wilderness on the trail, and can encounter dogs, wild boar, snakes and other creatures that inhabit the Italian forests.

  • Animal blessing in India brings different faiths together

    Animal blessing in India brings different faiths together

    • Oct 11, 2017

    Indian priest Father Joe D’Souza says non-Christians like the blessing of the animals associated with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. “They tell me that this blessing represents a bit the beauty of the Catholic Church, which not only allows animals into a sacred place, but also blesses them,” he said. “This love for other creatures is a way of saying that they too are created by God.”

  • Dozens of Catholic institutions mark St. Francis feast by defunding fossil fuels

    Dozens of Catholic institutions mark St. Francis feast by defunding fossil fuels

    • Oct 4, 2017

    A Catholic campaign to divest from fossil fuels has announced that 40 institutions have jointly decided to do so, and to make the announcement on St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day. Among those signed up are key organizations in Assisi itself.

  • Living in that same light as St. Clare

    Living in that same light as St. Clare

    • Aug 11, 2017

    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.

  • Catholic university picks new nickname, dropping ‘Crusaders’

    Catholic university picks new nickname, dropping ‘Crusaders’

    • Jun 18, 2017

    Sports teams have come under fire for continuing to have controversial names and mascots that are offensive to some groups. Most of those causing controversy have Native American names or references such as the Washington Redskins. But a college in Pennsylvania has dropped the ‘Crusaders’ from its name, though they say it is not because of outside pressure but in order to reflect the spirit of Francis of Assissi.

  • New Assisi shrine is reminder to shed attachment to money, pope says

    • Apr 18, 2017

    On occasion of the decision of the Diocese of Assisi to establish a shrine in memory of the “divestiture” of St. Francis, Pope Francis wrote a letter offering his blessing and support. “Unfortunately, 2,000 years after the proclamation of the Gospel and eight centuries after the witness of Francis, we face a phenomenon of global inequity and an economy that kills,” the pope said.

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