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  • Máj. 16. Hétfő. Cortonai Szent Margit bűnbánó. Ferences emléknap. Szentmise 18:00 órától.
  • Máj. 17. Kedd. Baylon Szent Paszkál szerzetes. Ferences emléknap.  Folytatjuk a Szent Antal Nagykilencedet. A Szentmisék 10:00 és 18:00 óráktól lesznek. Szentségimádás 17:00-től.
  • Máj. 18. Szerda. Kantalicei Szent Félix szerzetes. Ferences emléknap. Szentmise 8:00 órától.
  • Máj. 19. Csütörtök. Szentmise 18:00 órától.
  • Máj. 20. Péntek. Sziénai Szent Bernardin áldozópap. Ferences ünnep. Szentmise 18:00 órától.
  • Máj. 21. Szombat. NEM LESZ SZENTMISE!
  • Máj. 22. HÚSVÉT 6. VASÁRNAPJA. Szentmise 9:00, 10:30 és 12:00 órától. Május a Szűzanya hónapja, ezért az esti Szentmisék előtt egy negyedórával Májusi Ájtatosságot tartunk a Szűzanya tiszteletére. Szerdán a Szentmise után végezzük, vasárnap a 12 órai előtt egy negyedórával. Aki csak teheti, jöjjön és imádkozzunk együtt!
  • Aki szívesen támogatná adójának 3,5 %-val templomunkat és az általunk szervezett programokat, az a templom közepén egy padon megtalálja az ehhez szükséges nyomtatványt. A 230-as űrlapot online is ki lehet tölteni. Előre is köszönjük szépen a támogatásukat.
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Br Ignacio Ceja Jiménez is the new Vicar General

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On 13 May 2022, the General Definitory of the Order, meeting in the General House in Rome, elected Br Ignacio Ceja Jiménez to the office of Vicar General of the Order of Friars Minor, in accordance with Article 208 of the General Constitutions of the Order.

Br Ignacio, a member of the Franciscan Province of Saints Francis and James, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1961. He made his novitiate in 1985-1986, made his temporary profession in 1986, solemn profession in 1988 and was ordained a priest on 23 May 1992.

In his previous assignments, he served as General Definitor for Latin America, Minister Provincial of the Province of Saints Francis and James in Mexico, Vicar of the same province, Master of Students, Master of Novices and Guardian.

Br Ignacio succeeds Br Isauro Ulises Covili Linfati, who was appointed Bishop of Iquique, Chile, on 23 April 2022 by Pope Francis.

Br Witosław Sztyk elected Minister Provincial of Katowice, Poland

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On Wednesday, 11 May, the Chapter of the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Poland elected a new Minister Provincial, Vicar Provincial and Definitory. The Minister Provincial elected today is Br Witosław Sztyk, while Br Wit Chlondowski is the new Vicar of the same Province. The new Definitors are Br Antonin Brząkalik, Br Ksawery Majewski, Br Olgierd Paszkiewicz, Br Walenty Piechaczek, Br Masseo Senczek.

The Provincial Chapter, presided over by Br Alojzy Warot of the Province of St Mary of the Angels in Krakow, has as its theme “Listen to him who brings the rules of life” and takes place from 8 to 13 May.

The new Minister Provincial Br Witosław Sztyk was rector of the student friars of the Blessed Gabriel Allegra fraternity from 2015 to 2022. He made his first vows in 1987, solemn vows in 1994 and was ordained a priest on 11 May 1995.



The Istanbul fraternity at the service of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue

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“Dialogue is about everyday life, friendship, sharing one’s life and faith”. These are the words of Br Eleuthere Makuta Baharanyi, guardian of the Istanbul fraternity, committed to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue since 2004. Of Congolese origin, the friar received the missionary call after being ordained a priest but had never met a Turkish person in his life before arriving in Istanbul. “I believed that my experience in Turkey would go well, and then I had the chance to learn the language, integrate into society and make friends”, explains the friar. What makes the difference is, in fact, the human relationship that drives one to build relationships and dialogue beyond religious differences. This is precisely the daily mission of the nine friars in Turkey, serving in two houses 450 km apart in Izmir and Istanbul.

“We are an international fraternity”, explains Br Eleuthere, “and we share daily life, despite our different backgrounds: South Korea, Congo, France, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Italy. Each one has its own particularities, which can be seen every morning, during breakfast time, because everyone behaves according to their own culture. Daily coexistence is very delicate, but we try to intensify our fraternal relations. Dialogue starts first in our fraternity and then moves outside”.

The friars in Istanbul provide pastoral care for three churches for the Italian, French and Korean communities and migrants from Africa and Asia (especially Afghanistan).

Dialogue with Muslims

“Our church is frequently visited by Muslims who come even if only out of curiosity”, says guardian Br Eleuthere. Some seek prayers or advice. Others come to have curses cast away and have no real understanding of Christianity”. Therefore, the friars” role is also to try to make their creed known, giving the correct information to those who ask for it. “We have to learn from each other”, the friar explains. From Muslims, we have to learn seriousness and respect for religion because a true Muslim lives the principles in which he believes. Then there are also the fundamentalists, but those – as the Muslims themselves say – are not true Muslims”.

The dialogue established by the friars with the Muslims occurs firstly with the friary employees, friends and then also with the authorities of the local mosques. Once a year, the guardian of the fraternities, for example, goes for prayer at the cemetery with the imam and a Protestant pastor.

During the month of Ramadan, sacred to Muslims – which ended last week – the friars are invited to participate in iftar, sharing meals to break the daily fast that lasts until sunset.

At the institutional level, the friars in Istanbul also organise annual missionary formation courses, held in October, at which they invite top Muslim religious experts to speak.

Collaborating in dialogue also means working together for charity: thus, Br Eleuthere often runs to help the imam of the nearby mosque distribute food parcels.

Relations with the Sufi community, with whom the friars have shared several trips abroad, are also excellent. “With the Sufis, we went to Konya – an important city for their spirituality – and then accompanied them to Assisi and the Vatican”.

Support for prisoners

The Sufi community also periodically makes a financial contribution to the fraternity’s activities, which include supporting female inmates in a prison not far from Istanbul. “They are foreigners who are detained for drug trafficking or other offences and have asked for spiritual assistance”, explains Br. Eleuthere. “The imams visit the Muslims, but the Turkish Ministry of Justice has asked us to take care of the Christian women detainees, mainly from South America”.

These women need to talk and pray and are often suffering from depression. They are cared for by a diverse team consisting of Br Eleuthere, a Sacred Heart missionary nun, a Protestant pastor and an Armenian nun. With a small budget at their disposal, the religious also try to provide for the basic needs of the women prisoners for personal care, to help them not to lose their dignity, even under challenging conditions.

Over the past two years, coinciding with Covid, prison overcrowding in Turkey has increased, so some prisoners have been granted bail. “From one day to the next, we discovered many of them were living on the streets”, says Br Eleuthere. So, we decided to accommodate 38 people (this time also males) in a part of the friary that we had to renovate. Now at least half of them have managed to free themselves and are giving us a great example of solidarity: those who receive an income sometimes go back to prison to bring money to those who are still detained”.

The work between different Christians, side by side to care for the marginalised in society, is a daily miracle of ecumenism in a reality where Christians are the minority.

The paradigm for ecumenical and interreligious dialogue in Turkey is gratuitousness because we have no demands”, says Br Eleuthere. We could disappear overnight, and we know that our work is like that”.


Beatrice Guarrera

The Minister General’s appeal: the missionary call is part of our vocation

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To all the Brothers of the Order

Rome, May 6th 2022


“The Lord says, ‘Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be prudent as serpents and simple as doves”. Therefore, those brothers who by divine inspiration wish to go among the Saracens and other infidels, let them go with the permission of their minister and servant”. (RegNB XVI, 1-3)

Dear Brothers of the whole Order

may the Lord give you peace!

From 10 to 23 February 2022, I personally made the canonical visit to the Custody of the Most Holy Protomartyrs of Morocco in order to get to know directly this reality that depends on the Minister General.

I experienced this opportunity as a real pilgrimage in a unique land, during which the words of the Rule not branded just mentioned grew in me, and with it the awareness that here an essential point of our charism is at stake: to be with and to be among people as a transparency of the Incarnation and the Passion, of the Good that dwells in every creature.

As I have travelled through this land, I have brought with me the brothers of the whole Order, feeling that here we are playing with something very vital: adhering to a land, a people, a culture, languages and other visions of the world, loving them and humbly seeking in them the traces of the presence of the God of life.

Our Constitutions say: “As followers of St Francis and the first missionaries of the Order, the brothers should be strongly concerned to go humbly and devoutly among the people of the Islamic religion, for whom equally there is no omnipotent except God“.

We live this vocation in many parts of the world. Morocco is the place where Francis, Clare and Anthony would have liked to give a radical witness to Christ, and where the Order’s Martyrs lived it out. I thank all the brothers who have accepted the divine inspiration to come and live with and among this people, as a response to the inner call to say yes again to the vocation of Friars Minor.

With these simple words, it is my intention to remind all the brothers of the Order of the missionary call that belongs from within to our vocation, which dies without keeping this thrust alive.

The need for new brothers is very urgent:

– in the Custody of Morocco, you will find the specific presentation attached;

– in Sudan and South Sudan, where knowledge of English and Arabic is required, we are waiting for brothers for the service of formation and for pastoral and missionary service in Khartoum and Juba;

– In the Custody of the Holy Land there is a need for formators and brothers who, learning the languages, can enter the various forms that the mission in this place requires today.

– In Russia and Libya, we need brothers who are available for mission in difficult contexts.

I ask the brothers who feel this call to listen to it in prayer, to make a personal discernment and with their Minister and to come forward with me through the General Secretariat for Missions and Evangelisation. I thank you even if only to listen to this call, the heart of our vocation.

With the blessing of St Francis, who wants us to be brothers and minors in the world, I greet you fraternally.

Br. Massimo Fusarelli, ofm

Minister General

Prot. 111247


Appendix on the Custody of Morocco

The Custody comprises 22 friars from 12 countries (Brazil 2, Slovakia 1, Spain 1, Congo 3, Poland 3, Italy 2, France 2, Philippines 1, Mexico 2, Costa Rica 2, Croatia 2, Colombia 1). The Custody has two simply professed brothers. The brothers are distributed in the six fraternities of Rabat, Marrakech, Meknès, Larache, Tetouan and Tangier. The friars accompany four parishes and three Cultural Centres, participate in the animation of Caritas, visit prisons and animate several religious chaplaincies. They also accompany the monastery of the Poor Clares of Casablanca affiliated to the Order of Friars Minor from 16 May 2019. The mission in this land requires:

  1. Willingness to live and work in an international fraternity: this requires special care for the quality of fraternal relationships and those with society, with the attention and development of an authentic interculturality.
  2. Readiness to live with and among Muslims, cultivating a spirituality of listening and a contemplative gaze. This also requires a great deal of vigilance and training to meet, accept and respect the reality of difference, the otherness of the Muslim world.
  1. Willingness to learn French, Spanish and Arabic as spoken in Morocco.
  1. Availability for work in cultural centres with Moroccans, pastoral work with sub-Saharan migrants, and care for European Catholics and tourists, to be always lived with a focus on our specific choice to be here with and among people in a Muslim country.
  1. Availability for initial preparation for presence and service in this land.


Appendix on the Foundation of Sudan and South Sudan

The Foundation consists of 4 friars: 2 from the Province of Egypt in Khartoum, Sudan and 2 in Juba, South Sudan (1 from Italy and 1 from Vietnam). The friars accompany a parish in each city, together with solidarity service, refugee assistance and care for the reception of candidates in Juba.

The mission in this land requires:

  1. Willingness to live and work in international fraternities: attention to and development of an authentic interculturality.
  2. Willingness to live with and among Muslims in Sudan.
  1. Willingness to learn English and Arabic spoken in these countries.
  1. Willingness to undergo initial preparation for presence and service in this land.


Appendix on the Custody of the Holy Land

  1. Willingness to live and work in international fraternities.
  2. Willingness to live with and among people of different religions.
  1. Willingness to learn other languages, with attention to Italian and local ones. 
  2. Willingness to adapt especially to life in the Sanctuaries, with liturgical animation, welcoming pilgrims, taking into account fraternal life and the Custody path.


Appendix on presences in Russia and Libya 

  1. Willingness to live and work in international fraternities.
  2. Pastoral, humanitarian and educational services in Russia. Care for dialogue among Christians.
  3. In Libya, Caritas and pastoral services for migrant and religious communities. English language.


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Kolozsvári Ferences Templom -

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  • Máj. 8. Ma, a JÓ PÁSZTOR vasárnapján, a templom közepén lévő újságos pad melletti perselybe gyűjtünk a ferences képzésre. Adományaikat előre is hálásan köszönjük.
  • Máj. 8. Mivel ma a hónap második vasárnapja van, 11:30-től szentségimádást tartunk a 12 órakor kezdődő szentmiséig.
  • Máj. 9. Hétfő. Szentmise 18:00 órától.
  • Máj. 10. Kedd. Folytatjuk a Szent Antal Nagykilencedet. A Szentmisék 10:00 és 18:00 óráktól lesznek. Szentségimádás 17:00-től.
  • Máj. 11. Szerda. Szentmise 8:00 órától.
  • Máj. 12. Csütörtök. Szent Leopold Mandics áldozópap. Ferences emléknap. Szentmise 18:00 órától.
  • Máj. 13. Péntek. Szentmise 18:00 órától.
  • Máj. 14. Szombat. Szentmise 18:00 órától.
  • Máj. 15. HÚSVÉT 5. VASÁRNAPJA. Szentmise 9:00, 10:30 és 12:00 órától. Május a Szűzanya hónapja, ezért az esti Szentmisék előtt egy negyedórával Májusi Ájtatosságot tartunk a Szűzanya tiszteletére. Szerdán a Szentmise után végezzük, vasárnap a 12 órai előtt egy negyedórával. Aki csak teheti, jöjjön és imádkozzunk együtt!
  • Aki szívesen támogatná adójának 3,5 %-val templomunkat és az általunk szervezett programokat, az a templom közepén egy padon megtalálja az ehhez szükséges nyomtatványt. A 230-as űrlapot online is ki lehet tölteni. Előre is köszönjük szépen a támogatásukat.
  • A népszámlálás önkitöltéses, online elvégezhető szakaszából még egy hét van hátra. Bátorítjuk a kedves testvéreket, hogy ezt tegyék meg. Ha valakinek segítségre van szüksége ehhez, az érdekvédelmi szervezetnél tájékozódhatnak, de nálunk is érdeklődhetnek.

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Canonisation of Blessed Maria Domenica Mantovani

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The new saint that Pope Francis inscribes in the Calendar of the Universal Church on Sunday, 15 May 2022, belongs to the Franciscan family by virtue of her profession of the Rule of the Third Order. The Little Sisters of the Holy Family, who were founded under the guidance of the parish priest of Castelletto di Brenzone, Blessed Giuseppe Nascimbeni, were born with a genuinely Franciscan inspiration. They had been formed for religious life in the monastery of the Tertiaries of San Bernardino in Verona. The very title of “Little Sisters” was intended to evoke the “minority” of the saint of Assisi, chosen by Nascimbeni as the Institute’s special patron.
Maria Domenica Mantovani spent her whole life in Castelletto di Brenzone (Verona), where she was born in 1862. She received her Christian education through catechism and parish life. She learned hard work and generosity from her exemplary parents. These qualities prepared her to lead the new Institute, of which she was Superior General for about forty years with wisdom and prudence. With her maternal, gentle, delicate and firm actions and the example of her holy life, she contributed decisively to the development and expansion of the Little Sisters. She collaborated in drawing up the Constitutions and opened numerous houses to respond with evangelical charity to the social emergencies of her time. Before her death, she had the consolation of obtaining the definitive approval of the Institute and of seeing the work continued by about 1200 sisters present in 150 filial houses in Italy and abroad. After a short illness, she died in the motherhouse on 2 February 1934. The Cause was begun in 1968 by Br Antonio Cairoli, OFM, the then Postulator General. She was beatified by St John Paul II on 27 April 2003.

“The Treasure of Francis”: the first book by the Minister General

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TS Edizioni is publishing, also in e-book format, Il Tesoro di Francesco (The Treasure of Francis), a collection of texts by Br Massimo Fusarelli ofm, elected in July 2021 Minister General of the Friars Minor. It consists of more than twenty speeches composed in the last year, on various occasions, since the beginning of his new service. It refers to Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan vision of the world in many different ways. This theme is central to the ministry of those at the head of the Order of Friars Minor.

Br Cesare Vaiani, ofm, writes in the Preface: “What is striking in these texts is the basic approach that combines faith and being in the world, with a non-private vision of faith and a believing vision of the world. What emerges is a personal experience, grasped with lucidity and offered humbly to the brothers as an indication not rooted in theory but in the reality of experience. This testimony makes a convincing reading of these texts, which combine doctrine and critical clarity with an embodied faith and, why not, with a touch of passion. This intersection between faith and the world, theory and praxis, mind and heart, distinguishes the Christian spiritual experience, which finds its essential reference in the sacred humanity of the Word made flesh”.

Br Fusarelli’s spiritual reflections also refer to precise circumstances, which are often appropriately indicated in a brief note at the beginning of the texts. The link to specific contexts and situations adds the flavour of lived life without preventing them from speaking to every reader. This link with life also emerges in the testimonial character that marks many of these texts because there are significant elements about the Saint of Assisi, but also indicative traces of those who speak about him. It is precisely this way of proposing a subject in the Christian home that takes the name of testimony and is typical of the proclamation of the Gospel. When I speak of Christ,” the Minister General seems to want to say, “I allow something to emerge about myself. This is because of the fire and passion with which I speak of him, and when I speak of myself, I cannot avoid referring to Christ because of the central place he occupies in my life.

In October 2021, Br Massimo Fusarelli went to Jerusalem as a pilgrim, choosing the Holy Land as his first destination in his new role as Minister General. His reflections at the Cenacle and the Holy Sepulchre at the conclusion of the book highlight the profound significance that the Custody has for the whole Order of Friars Minor.

Minister General visits Montenegro and Albania

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During these days, the Minister General, Br Massimo Fusarelli, is visiting the fraternities of Montenegro and Albania, following an extensive programme of meetings, listening and contact with the local community.

Br Massimo arrived in Montenegro on 2 May, where he was received by the Delegate of the Minister General for Albania, Br Ivan Sesar, and the Custos, Br Pashko Gojçaj.

The first stop was at the Catholic Spiritual Centre of Sukruq. The visit continued in the premises of St Francis Church, the kindergarten and the rooms for the various meetings. The Minister met with the local community and the Archbishop of Bar, Monsignor Rrok Gjonlleshaj.

On the second day, the Minister General visited the shrine of St Anthony in Laç (Albania), where he led the Mass at 11:00 am. “Visit to the Friars of the Custody of Albania. Yesterday in Montenegro and today in Laç, the shrine of St Anthony: a place of encounter with God for all Albanians” are Br Massimo’s words on the occasion of this memorable trip.

The following day, the Minister visited various places in and around Shkodra. First, Br Massimo visited the Poor Clare Nuns of the Second Franciscan Order (the only Poor Clares working in Albania). After greeting the sisters, he visited the premises of the former prison, where many of the Franciscan martyrs were imprisoned and tortured.

The Minister met the Archbishop of Shkodra-Pult, Monsignor Angelo Massafra, as a sign of friendship, support and brotherhood. He then went with the friars to the “Buka e Shna Ndout” soup kitchen, where, for several years now, the poor have been offered a hot meal every day.

The last stop was at the Custodial Curia in Gjuhadol, where an assembly was held with all the friars of the Custody. Br Massimo invited all the brothers to remember the ideals and messages given by the Seraphic Father St Francis, one of which is harmony and cooperation among the friars, as the only way to advance in holiness and justice and to bear abundant fruit.

Br Antonio Ridolfi, new Provincial of Salerno

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The friars of the Salerno-Lucana Franciscan Province of the Immaculate Conception in Italy, gathered in Chapter from 26 April to 6 May, elected Br Antonio Michele Ridolfi as Minister Provincial and Br Lucio Calabrese as Vicar Provincial. Br Alberto Rosciano, Br Antonello Arundine, Br Giuseppe Iandiorio and Br Vincenzo Ippolito were elected to the office of Definitor.

The new provincial Br Antonio Ridolfi took his first vows in 1996, solemn vows in 2001 and was ordained a priest on 23 June 2002.

Guidelines for celebrating the centenaries of the Franciscan family: 2023-2026

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We publish the guidelines of the Franciscan Centenary to celebrate several events: the 800th anniversary of the Rule of St. Francis, the Christmas of Greccio (2023), the Stigmata (2024), the Canticle of the Creatures (2025), and, at the culmination, the Passover of Francis (2026). It will be “an articulated Centenary celebrated in several Centenaries”.

This text offers some common guidelines for charismatic deepening in our fraternities and in the various organisations that journey with us. Furthermore, it provides guidelines for the organisation of the various Centenaries at the local level; a framework on which to base our formation programmes; an agile tool for working on the themes of the various Centenaries that make up this single Centenary 2023-2026, crowned by the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Passover of our Seraphic Father.












Brother Carlo Maria D’Amodio re-elected Provincial of the Neapolitan Province

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The friars of the Franciscan Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Naples, Italy, concluded the Chapter by re-electing as Minister Provincial Br Carlo Maria D’Amodio and as Vicar of the same Province Br Giuseppe Sorrentino. In addition, for the office of Definitors, the following were elected: Br Gennaro Russo, Br Mario Folliero, Br Giuseppe Palmesano and Br Salvatore Vilardi.

Br. Carlo Maria D’Amodio was born in Sant’Antimo, Italy. He made his first vows in 1996, solemn vows in 1999 and was ordained a priest on 11 June 2000.

The Chapter, which ended on Saturday, 30 April, was presided over by Br Angelo Maria Solinas, Visitator General of the Seraphic Province of the Friars Minor of Umbria and Sardinia in Italy.

Minister General: War is a word for our conversion

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From 10 to 16 April 2022, the Minister General, Br Massimo Fusarelli, accompanied by Br Francesco Piloni, Provincial of Assisi, visited Romania, Ukraine and Poland. Following this visit, he shared his pilgrimage with the Communication Office of the Order.


Minister, where did your journey begin?

We arrived on Palm Sunday in Romania, at Suceava, on the border with Ukraine. We had to wait until the next day to enter, so we took the opportunity to greet the friars of Transylvania, to visit a Marian shrine and be with the Provincial and the friars of the fraternity. Then finally, we entered Ukraine. Crossing the border between Romania and Ukraine was like a mirror because it showed us a daily flow of people: there are refugees returning to Ukraine – especially women, children, the elderly – and people leaving the country. Between Poland and Ukraine, up to last week, between 25 and 30,000 people a day were making this crossing. That’s a lot, and it also shows us one of the consequences of the war: the displacement of people. We saw people leaving the country with few suitcases and few possessions. Very sad, but it really touched our hearts. We were also able to talk to some of them. On 11 April, at the border with Ukraine, we met with other representatives of an interreligious pilgrimage, the central moment of which would be the meeting the following day.


Participation in this inter-religious pilgrimage was another important reason for your trip.

Yes, there I had the opportunity to get to know the different participants in this pilgrimage: the Archbishop Emeritus of Canterbury of the Anglicans, Rowan Williams, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in England, but also a Ukrainian Bishop of the Orthodox Church of Kyiv and then representatives of the Islamic world (former Grand Mufti of Bosnia), representatives of Judaism, Hindus and Buddhists. We were twelve in all, and we shared in the preparation for the meeting the following day.

On the morning of 12 April, divided into three small groups, we visited the refugee centre and an orphanage. I think this was the most painful and hardest part of my pilgrimage. There were 200 children and young people in this centre, about 80 of whom were orphaned or abandoned because their parents had been dispersed by the war. Some of them suffered psychological violence and various forms of abuse. I confess that I cried when I left. I also asked the Lord: “Lord, help me, Lord, manifest yourself. Make yourself known, because the suffering of children is terrible”. But I must say that along with this suffering, apart from the despondent teenagers seen in other refugee centres, I found the joy and celebration of the children. A feature of the trip visiting the refugees was always this: pain and hope, weeping and laughter together. It made me think that this is what Easter is really like: death and life.

In the afternoon, there was the inter-religious meeting, the central point of the pilgrimage, which was very intense. The theatre was full of people: it was the first public event since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. So it was also an important and beautiful moment of sharing.


In the Holy Father’s letter, which was read on 12 April in Černivci, the Pope writes: “The suffering caused to so many weak and defenceless people; the numerous civilians massacred and the young, innocent victims; the desperate flight of women and children… All this shakes our consciences and obliges us not to remain silent, not to remain indifferent in the face of the violence of Cain and the cry of Abel, but to raise our voices forcefully to demand, in the name of God, an end to such abominable actions. You spoke of St Francis of Assisi during the prayer. How can we raise our voices today?

The Pope is raising his voice. He speaks out a lot against the war, like no other leader. But for some, this is not enough because would like the Pope to take a stand. Raising one’s voice, however, is not just a matter of pointing out a guilty party: it is a matter of denouncing the iniquity of war, of not remaining neutral, of saying that war today can degenerate into a nuclear conflict. No war can be called just, even if people have the right to self-defence. So to raise my voice seems to me to be doing what the Pope is doing. I, too, by going there, wanted to tell the friars and all Christians that we are there; we are not indifferent to what is happening.

Does raising your voice at the international political level mean taking a clearer position? Definitely. Does it mean asking if you really want this war to end? Since many people in Ukraine are asking this question. Or does this situation ultimately suit some people? Here we enter into very delicate and very sensitive subjects.


How are the Friars Minor of the communities you visited, and how are they coping with this situation?

I met the friars in different houses. In each friary, I also met refugees: people who had fled from the east of the country. I must say that five days after my trip, bombs fell in the place where we passed through Lviv and 7 civilians died. So today, we know that no area is safe in Ukraine because war suddenly affects everyone.

In the West of the country, I had the most significant meeting with the people of our churches and with local administrators. I saw so much solidarity and involvement, which gave me so much hope.

To date, none of our friars have been physically affected, and neither have the friaries. The friars are with the people: it is their vocation that they are truly living. Indeed, during my visit, I also saw the friars’ wounds, the tension, the fear. They have their families and loved ones under bombardment. They feel, like everyone else, a sense of insecurity, and so they also need support. They were happy with my visit because it brought them out of a sense of oppression, of closure. From the friars of the Order they are receiving a lot of material solidarity and closeness through a phone call, an e-mail. This makes them feel part of a bigger family, which is very important.


What do the people you met need?

For the moment, the friars are receiving, thanks be to God, what they need for the people. Although a lot of aid is coming in from many parts of the world, the money that is being collected will be beneficial when the war comes to an end. It will be necessary to rebuild and help people return to their homes. Many people in Europe, in Italy, Germany and Poland, are helping with generosity. I have seen the warehouses with food, medicines, and items for the elderly, the sick and children.


Minister, what message would you leave for the friars and the world after your pilgrimage?

The message is what the Pope said: let us not remain indifferent. We get used to war. We feel that such a war is a wound for everyone. There is an aggressor, and there are the attacked. But we know that we carry within us the seed of violence that can explode at any moment. So we have to be very careful about this. We want peace; let’s not fuel this war. To be for or against someone was not our vocation, especially as friars, as Christians. And we work for reconciliation, peace. We must help people to overcome the wounds of this war.


What does it mean to talk about peace today?

Something has changed profoundly: Europe and the entire world are no longer what they were before the war. Then, we were in an illusion, in a somewhat artificial peace. Today we see that peace is very fragile and that a more significant commitment is needed to safeguard and promote it. As a believer, as a Christian, I would say: what does God’s Providence want us to see through this war? I see it as a great call to conversion, a great call to rediscover faith and a deep understanding of the heart of life. In asking us to consecrate ourselves to the Virgin Mary, I believe that the Pope wanted to indicate this understanding. War is a word for our conversion. I, personally, felt this aspect very much on this pilgrimage.

The friars invited me to go to the eastern part of Ukraine. So as soon as possible, I will go to continue this journey, this pilgrimage.


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Minister General: Blessed Armida Barelli, the forerunner of the most contemporary times

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We bring you the Letter of the Minister General, Br Massimo Fusarelli, addressed to the Franciscan Family on the occasion of the Beatification of Armida Barelli, in Milan, Italy:


To all the friars of the Order

To the Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ

To the Brothers and Sisters of the OFS and YOUFRA

To the Poor Sisters of St Clare

To the Conceptionist Sisters


Rome, 30 April 2022


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

May the Lord give you peace!

Today, 30 April 2022, Armida Barelli will be proclaimed blessed in Milan Cathedral. She has been called a woman between two centuries, a forerunner of the most contemporary times, an all-around laywoman. She died on 15 August 1952 and is finally recognised by the Church as an evangelical example to be proposed to all the faithful. In the synodal time in which we live in the whole Church, it is fascinating and precious that it is a woman, a laywoman, a consecrated woman who is presented as an example of holiness.

I am present on behalf of the Order at this celebration. Why? Indeed, the root of Armida Barelli’s human, Christian, and vocational journey was undoubtedly that Franciscan soul that deeply marked her. It is thanks to the meeting with Br Agostino Gemelli that this woman, at the beginning of the twentieth century, opened her deep spiritual search to the freshness of the Franciscan charism, finding in it evangelical inspiration, freedom of spirit and joy, evangelical radicalism in the following of Christ, living fully in the world and in the secular condition. The Minister General of the time welcomed her into our family as a tertiary and then as a consecrated person in full secularity. Nevertheless, her bond with the Order has always remained deep and free, never marked by subordination, but by sharing.

Armida Barelli was born on 1 December 1882 in Milan into a well-to-do middle-class family and did not experience a properly religious environment in the home, where an outward practice was part of social convention. She made her own personal journey thanks to the refined education she received and to the encounters with other women who shaped her rich, exuberant and profound personality. It was in this way that she opened up to a deep and convinced faith and gradually made her way to the very transparent intuition that God was calling her to live fully in the lay state, seeking with all her heart to adhere to God’s presence and action in her life and in the world.

This is a formidable starting point for approaching the life and message of this woman, an all-round Milanese, deeply rooted in her time and able to anticipate the future like few others: Armida Barelli, the Elder Sister for so many girls, adolescents, young girls and women of the 1900s. This was the starting point for a work to promote women that was truly extraordinary for its time. A forerunner of the times, she understood that women had their own characteristics, not tied to rigid social roles and not even to exclusive ties with the family or the convent.


She was able to give shape to the desires and dreams of so many girls and women of her time, releasing their intense energies. From the cultural to the political field, from liturgical animation to education to the faith, from living the tragedy of the First World War in a Christian way to the closeness to those who suffered its consequences, from the resistance to the dictatorship that at that time afflicted her country Italy to participating fully in the civil and social rebirth following the Second World War. In all these fields, Armida was able to inspire, drag, motivate and express all the capacities of women.


Without a doubt, Blessed Armida was a formidable builder, in all senses: of movements, of buildings and works, of initiatives even in dark times like those of war, of ideas and dreams of the future. But, at the same time, she was a builder of interiority, her most profound life. Here we are at the heart of her existence as a woman, Christian, and Franciscan.

“Prayer is transformed into will, will into work, work into prayer and deed”.

Barelli was a woman of prayer; “the yearning for an intimate dialogue with God“, as she herself said, accompanied her from the beginning and found in her its presence in relationships, work, travel, projects and anxieties and hopes its ever more natural environment.

Armida lived an incarnated spirituality, which makes of all life a prayer and of prayer a transforming action of the world so that the seed of the Kingdom may grow.


Here the new Blessed was an authentic disciple of St Francis because she anticipated the future with her “lay” way of praying, which could transform work into a spiritual experience, which could interpret, in exhausting activity, in tiring journeys and encounters faced for the sake of the Kingdom, a new but no less demanding way of living penance and sacrifice; a spirituality for laypeople who do not have timetables and bells that invite them to prayer but who seek times of intimacy with the Lord as a deep yearning of the soul; a spirituality that does not separate itself from the world but reads the “signs of the times” in the events of history, listening to the voice of the Lord.


Along this path, Blessed Armida Barelli, together with Fr Gemelli, gave life to a community of consecrated women in the world that still exists in many countries in which we Friars Minor are present and how many times, as I myself can testify, the path is common and fraternal, supporting each other in living faithfulness to the Gospel on the roads of the world.

I speak of the Secular Institute of the Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ.

For many of us friars, it is a sign of the Father’s tenderness as we live the common life of so many people. It is also, for us and for many, a possibility of companionship in faith and vocation with the feminine sensitivity that enriches us so much.


As we see the flowering of this free and loving woman, let us ask the Spirit of the Lord that we may not remain indifferent to the evangelical furrow of holiness she opened in the bosom of modern Franciscanism.  As we thank the Most High for this gift, let us respond by returning ever anew to that humanity and that world that God so loved and loves the Gospel proclamation of life and freedom.

Especially today, in this difficult time which calls for peace and justice for so many.


With my fraternal greetings and blessing




Br Massimo Fusarelli, ofm

                                                                       Minister General

A prayer vigil for the beatification of Armida Barelli, Franciscan tertiary

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By the will of Pope Francis, tomorrow, 30 April, Armida Barelli will be proclaimed Blessed in the Cathedral of Milan, in the presence of Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In preparation for the beatification mass this evening, the Minister General Br Massimo Fusarelli presided over a prayer vigil in the Basilica of St Ambrose.


Professed in the Franciscan Third Order on 2 February 1910, Armida Barelli was born in 1882 into a wealthy Milanese family. Her meeting with Father Agostino Gemelli marked the beginning of a lifelong collaboration that led to her becoming one of the most influential figures in the Catholic cultural scene at the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1918, she founded the first circles of the future Women’s Youth of Catholic Action throughout Italy at the behest of Pope Benedict XV. She was always on pilgrimage through Italy, looking for young women to join the Catholic Action movement; she became known as the ‘older sister’. Armida Barelli was the ‘older sister’ par excellence of all the Women’s Youth of Italy and was spontaneously called by this name even by the people who lived and worked with her.

In 1921 she was part of the group of founders of the Sacred Heart Catholic University, for which she also worked by organising conferences, pilgrimages, purity weeks, social weeks and missionary activities.

In 1949, she fell ill with bulbar paralysis, which consumed her until her death in 1952. Today she is buried in the crypt of the chapel of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.


To approach the life and message of this woman – whom Br Massimo defines as “an all-round Milanese, deeply rooted in her time and able to anticipate the future like few others” – we must start from the words of St. Francis, who inspired Armida. Francis saw in ourselves and in the world a “building site” always open, inhabited by the Mystery if seen with a contemplative gaze. “Ida was undoubtedly a formidable builder, in all senses of the word: of movements, of buildings and works, of initiatives even in dark times like those of war, of ideas and dreams for the future,” said the General Minister in his homily. She was also a builder of interiority, her most profound life. Here we are at the heart of her existence as a woman, Christian, and Franciscan”.


The prayer of this laywoman allowed her humanity to shine through and mature. This is the most discreet and lasting Franciscan trait that we find in her”, said Br Massimo. Armida was a woman of prayer who made “her whole life a prayer and prayer a transforming action in the world” so that the seed of the Kingdom might grow in the world.

Vigilance is the keyword in this search for the Lord, as Ida learnt from St Francis, who in his time was at the centre of a vital and passionate rediscovery,” said the Minister General. She anticipated the future with her ‘lay’ way of praying, which transformed work into a spiritual experience, and which, in her exhausting activity, in the tiring journeys and encounters undertaken for the sake of the Kingdom, was able to interpret a new but no less demanding way of living penance and sacrifice.


Br Massimo recalled that Armida also contributed to the dignity of the women of her time, “cultivating in them the consciousness of being a dwelling place inhabited by the Mystery and by a free and responsible conscience, capable of self-determination, in the light of faith and reason”.

Interior dwelling and home for a renewed society are deeply linked in the laywoman Ida. “A dwelling, a constant vigilance which expressed itself in the truly Franciscan spirit of service,” said Br Massimo. This is evident because she did not want to be called president but wanted to be “the elder sister, the sister of all, equal to all, only more full of experience”.


“Tomorrow, the Church will officially recognise the exemplary Christian discipleship of the Elder Sister, who lived the beatitude of the little ones of the Gospel, which alone makes one truly blessed!” said the Minister General. It will be an important event not so much for external honour or earthly glory, but to recognise the work of God in Armida Barelli and in so many of her life companions and sisters and thus to welcome in our time the grace of such an original and contemporary gift: “We are children of saints and brothers and sisters of disciples, we have received the gift of Christian life, and we give it back with our lives”.




Br. Francesco Patton re-elected Custos of the Holy Land

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The Minister General, Br Massimo Fusarelli, ofm, announces that Br. Francesco Patton, ofm has been elected to the office of Custos of the Holy Land and Guardian of Mount Zion for the three-year period 2022-2025. 

For Fr. Francesco Patton it is a renewal of the office, after a period of six years at the service of the Holy Land as Custos. 

It is worth noting that this appointment requires explicit confirmation of the election by the Holy Father: the friars minor sere the Holy Land by the explicit will and on the mandate of the Roman Pope.  

Born in Trento on 23 December 1963, Fr. Francesco Patton was elected Custos of the Holy Land by the Definitorium General of the Friars Minor for the first time on 20 May 2016. He belongs to the Province of S, Antonio of the Friars Minor in Italy. He was twice General Secretary of the OFM Chapter General, in 2003 and 2009; Visitator General in 2003; Provincial Minister of the “S. Vigilio” Province of Trento between 2008 and 2016 and President of the Conference of Provincial Ministers of Italy and Albania (COMPI) from 2010 to 2013.


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