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Centenary Celebrations 2023-2026

As the Franciscan Family is jointly preparing itself to celebrate the centenary events in the life of our Brother Francis of Assisi, we could do something to revisit the historical moments with an open heart and a search for Franciscan inspiration for our lives today.

Meeting with Pope FrancisOct22           

On 31st October morning the Major Superiors and representatives from all the Franciscan Families met Pope Francis. It is to mark the starting of the Centenary celebration of the Easter of our Brother Francis of Assisi.


Pope Francis warmly greeted all the members and reminded us of our special call and charism saying:

After eight centuries, St Francis still remains a mystery. Just as the question of Brother Masseo remains intact: "Why does the whole world come after you, and every person seems to desire to see you and hear you and obey you?" (Fioretti, X: FF 1838). To find an answer, one must put oneself in the school of the Poverello, finding in his evangelical life the way to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. In concrete terms, this means listening, walking and proclaiming to the peripheries.

Dear brothers and sisters, I encourage you to live the long-awaited Franciscan Centenary to the full. I sincerely hope that this spiritual and cultural journey may be combined with the Jubilee of 2025, in the conviction that St Francis of Assisi still urges the Church to live its fidelity to Christ and its mission in our time. I bless you all from my heart, and I ask you to please pray for me. Thank you!

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Charles Alphonse & Jaime Rey

General Secretariat for Formation