New Orleans Parish to Reopen

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St. Mary of the Angels Church in New Orleans, staffed by the friars of St. John Baptist Province, will reopen under the care of the friars but its school will not, according to a “Pastoral Plan for the Next Stage of Recovery” announced Feb. 9 by Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans.  

Pope Appoints Pontifical Legate

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On Feb. 21, the Pope appointed Cardinal Attilio Nicora, president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, as Pontifical Legate for the Basilicas of St. Francis and of St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi.  

Franciscan Presence at World Peace Forum

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The National Council of the Secular Franciscan Order in Canada is hosting a gathering of the Franciscan Family in Vancouver in conjunction with the World Peace Forum from June 23-28. It will begin with evening prayer at 7 p.m. on June 23 and will meet for morning and evening prayer each day of the forum.

Report of the SFO General Chapter

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The General Chapter of the SFO was held from Nov. 5-12, 2005, at the Barbara Micarelli Spirituality Center run by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus in Santa Maria degli Angeli near Assisi. One hundred and three people from close to 80 nations participated in the Chapter. These included 62 capitulars, 17 observers, seven presenters, seven translators, and …

Friars In Libya Forced to Flee Ministry

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BENGHAZI, Libya – The Franciscan Church of the Immaculate Conception, with the adjacent friary and the residence of the Apostolic Vicar of Benghazi, has been attacked and ransacked by angry Muslim mobs during the disorders that took place here on Feb. 20 after cartoons of the prophet Mohammed were published in Europe. According to an official communication from the General …

Stories from the Border

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EL PASO, Texas – Frank Probst, OFM, spent 20 years serving in Brazil. He is now working with migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso. Frank volunteers with Annunciation House, a hospitality center for new immigrants. Frank has compiled a description of some of the immigrants’ stories of their difficult journey to the United States. These stories are available …

Friars Aim to Start a Community in Khartoum

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ROME – An international group of four friars is preparing to establish a new Franciscan presence in Khartoum, capital of Sudan. Two friars, Croatian Leopold Mici, OFM, and Filipino Melito Pinili, OFM, are studying Arabic at the Dar Comboni Institute in Cairo, Egypt. Peter Tindo, OFM, and John Lemi, OFM, both Sudanese, are finishing specialized studies in Rome. The members …

The Fire Burns On: Remembering Ed Dunn

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When Cesar Chavez died in 1993, Franciscan Brother Ed Dunn of the St. Barbara Province approached me about a project to honor the great co-founder of the United Farm Workers. “The Franciscans were very close to Cesar and the UFW,” Ed said. “We could create a statue or some kind of monument, but that doesn’t really seem right. Cesar was …