A Visit to Remember

Earlier this year, our beloved friend from the US bishops’ conference, Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, passed away, a victim of cancer. Sister Mary Ann, the bishops’ media liaison, had produced commemorative books about Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II over the years. Who would create such a book for Pope...

Helping Brother Leo

Brother Leo was one of Francis’ first followers and closest companions, especially in the last years of Francis’ life. We have several letters from Francis to groups of people. His letter to Leo is one of only two letters to individuals. Perhaps this letter was written by Francis after September 1224...

Thank You, Murray Bodo

For over 50 years, Father Murray Bodo, OFM, and I have been close friends, confreres, and admirers of St. Francis of Assisi. We met as fellow students in 1951 at St. Francis Minor Seminary, located on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. Murray, whose name was Louis at the time, had boarded a Greyhound Bus in...

Papal Visit in September

Pope Francis is coming in September. There’s lots of excitement and plans are now finalized for the most part. Today, Franciscan Media received an attractive mailing from the USCCB Communications Office describing all the preparations already made and asking the question: Are you ready? Catholic News...

Jean Vanier on St. Francis and the Leper

The following is a excerpt from Jean Vanier’s book, The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship, published by Franciscan Media. Francis of Assisi said that he felt repulsed by those who were suffering from leprosy. In the Middle Ages, there were some twenty thousand leprosariums in Europe. He was...

Ask a Franciscan: Is Every Encyclical Infallible?

Q. I know that the pope’s infallibility is not a personal trait but is part of his office as the successor of St. Peter. Even so, is every encyclical infallible? A. The short answer is no. Vatican I’s decree “Eternal Pastor” taught: “The Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra, that is, when...

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