Religious Formation Conference: For Mission Program

The next ForMission class will begin May 30-June 7, 2019 at Catholic Theological Union. Application materials and updated information for 2019 are available. To receive application materials and/or if you have questions about the program, please fill out and submit the inquiry form below. Application deadline to begin ForMission May/June 2019 is April 12. Continue reading

Jesus and the Pharisees – An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal – Pontifical Biblical Institute


To be held in the Aula Magna of the Pontifical Gregorian University Piazza della Pilotta, 4 – Rome, Italy The conference first examines the various ancient sources about the Pharisees (Josephus, Qumran, archaeological data, the New Testament, and Rabbinic Literature). The second part will be devoted to the history of interpretation, from Patristic Literature, to Medieval Jewish interpretations, Continue reading

OFM: Easter Letter of the Minister General 2019

Dear brothers, May the Lord give you peace!

This year I would like to share with all of you a message inthe context of the celebrations of 800 years of the encounter between Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt al-Malik al-Kamil. This commemoration has offered the Church and the Order an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on and study the topic of open and respectful dialogue with Islam and, of course, with other religious faiths.


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UISG, LCWR leaders discuss clergy sex abuse, and the credibility of religious life

Editor’s note: Global Sisters Report recently held a discussion with Sr. Carmen Sammut, president of the International Union of Superiors General and superior general of the Missionary Sisters of Africa; Sr. Pat Murray, executive director of UISG and member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Sr. Sharlet Wagner, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and a Sister of the Holy Cross; Continue reading

OCEANIA/SOLOMON ISLANDS – The Guanellians: “Mission on the Ocean, combining evangelization and human promotion”

“We are islanders with the islanders”. Don Luigi de Giambattista, a Guanellian missionary, describes to Agenzia Fidesthe reality of his evangelical commitment in the Solomon Islands, in Oceania. Independent since 1978, the nation brings together a population of 650,000 inhabitants spread over 980 islands of which only 220 are inhabited. “Our mission began about two and a half years ago, in August 2016 – Don Luigi explains to Agenzia Fides – responding to an appeal of the diocese of Gizo”. Continue reading

OFM. The spirit of dialogue in Southern Philippines

The Custody of St. Anthony of Padua in the Philippines is one with the Church and the Order in celebrating the 8th centenary of the meeting of St. Francis and Sultan Al-Malik Al-Kamil. One of the highlights of the series of year-long activities is the interfaith forum held on April 2, 2019 in Tairan (Basilan) at San Roque Parish, a vibrant multi-ethnic and multi-religious community, administered by the Franciscans. Continue reading

VATICAN – CIAM hosts Formation course for English speaking PMS National directors

Following the French speaking National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies (see Fides 3/4/2019), this week, the international Animazione Mission Centre (CIAM) hosts 33 members of the English speaking National Directors. This formation course was also organised in view of the Extraordinary Missionary Month in October this year 2019. Continue reading

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