‘We are all brothers,’ Franciscan in Jericho says of iftar gifts

As his Muslim neighbors and fellow Jericho residents make their way home for the iftar, which breaks the daily fast throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Franciscan Father Mario Hadchiti hands out small bags of dates and water to passersby in front of the Franciscan Good Shepherd Church.

In Washington Franciscan custos calls attention to Holy Land Christians

Some Christians who with the daily reality of living as a religious minority in a place of conflict — often tied to religion — do not consider living in the land where the faith originated as a blessing but more of a “misfortune,” said Franciscan Father Francesco Patton during a Nov. 7 event in Washington.

All hands on deck: Franciscan idea can expand church leadership pool

Pope Francis asked to give the Franciscans the “privilege” of allowing religious brothers to be elected to leadership positions, including those with authority over ordained priests by the ministers general of four men’s branches of the Franciscan family — the Friars Minor, Capuchins, Conventual Franciscans and the Third Order Regulars.