ASSISI — The 199th General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual concluded today. At the gathering, which opened May 15 at the Sacro Convento in Assisi, Fr. Marco Tasca, OFM Conv. of the Province of St. Anthony of Padua, Italy, was elected the general minister. The new general vicar is Jerzy Norel, OFM Conv. of Poland.
On June 17, during the chapter, Pope Benedict XVI visited Assisi. His itinerary included:
- Morning Mass in the lower Basilica of St. Francis
- Lunch with the bishops of Umbria
- Meeting with the clergy in the Cathedral of San Rufino