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Franciscans 800 years in Holy Land

ROME (SE): The Brothers of the Cord, as the Franciscans used to be known are celebrating an 800-year presence in the Holy Land.
 
In 1217, the seraphic, as the minister general used to be known, opened up the dimension of universal mission at a chapter that convened at Pentecost, saying that the brothers would be sent to those who did not know Jesus as witnesses of faith, fraternity and peace.
 

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Franciscans ask for brothers in leadership

VATICAN (SE): The superiors of the four main branches of the Franciscan friars formally asked Pope Francis for permission to allow their communities to elect brothers to positions of leadership in their communities.
 
“With us Pope Francis is looking at the possibilities for moving this project forward,” Father Michael Perry, the minister general of the Friars Minor, told Vatican Radio on April 10.
 

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