“It’s not an ideology, principle or method that St. Francis embodies. It’s his love of Christ crucified.”
Mary Marrocco: Like St. Francis, we can learn from the poor
Belief in God as creator of all has practical consequences, pope says in new encyclical
The encyclical takes its title from St. Francis of Assisi and is inspired by his “fraternal openness,” which, the pope said, calls on people “to acknowledge, appreciate and love each person, regardless of physical proximity, regardless of where he or she was born or lives.”
Opinion: Map for the future
“The pope’s first official trip outside Rome in more than seven months couldn’t come at a better, or more critical, time.”
Pope will sign new encyclical in Assisi Oct. 3
Pope Francis will travel to Assisi Oct. 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another.
Monastery connects U.S. Catholics to Holy Land, events in Christ’s life
The Holy Land Friars of the Order of St. Francis are commemorating the 800th anniversary of the encounter between St. Francis and Sultan Al-Malik Al-Kamil.
Ancient model for modern dialogue: St. Francis in the sultan’s court
Pope Francis sent Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, to Damietta in early March as his official representative at celebrations marking the 800th anniversary of the meeting of St. Francis and Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in 1219.
Franciscans involved in making of ‘The Sultan and the Saint’ documentary
The encounter in 1219 between St. Francis of Assisi and Malek al-Kamil, the sultan of Egypt, during yet another flashpoint in the long history of the Crusades — the subject of one famous fresco in Assisi, Italy — has been made into a documentary. “The Sultan and the Saint” will get its nationwide premiere Dec. 26 on PBS.