The Vow of Chastity

Franciscan friars take three vows: poverty, obedience, and chastity. Three knots represent the three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience When we hear these words, they may sound negative, as though…

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Bishop of Lebanon

Living the Gospel, Serving in Charity - Bishop César Essayan OFM Conv., the Apostolic Vicar for the Latin Church in Lebanon, has a simple motto: Gospel, Charity. Working for justice,…

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The Most Reverend Friar Martin Kmetec OFM Conv.

Metropolitan Archbishop of Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey Pope Francis has appointed Conventual Franciscan Friar Martin Kmetec as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Izmir (Turkey). The Archbishop professed solemn vows in the Conventual…

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Fratelli Tutti Study Guide

The Fratelli Tutti Study Guide was developed to prayerfully accompany people through a reflective reading of Pope Francis' new encyclical, "Brothers & Sisters All". Conventual Friar Charlie McCarthy authored chapter 6, which…

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Cardinal Mauro Gambetti OFM Conv.

Due to COVID-19 worldwide mandatory health protocols, the consistory had a limited attendance. Each new Cardinal was allowed only a few guests. Fr. John Voytek OFM Conv., a Confessor at the St.…

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Elijah in Assisi

Alone on Mount Horeb, having fled for his life from Jezebel and her forces, the voice of the Lord comes to the prophet Elijah and asks, “Why are you here?”…

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