On the 2nd February 2024 from Nairobi airport, where I stopped for eight days of meetings with my brothers, I landed in Goma, the main city of Kivu, the large region in eastern Congo.
The Inter-Franciscan Family for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation or The Roman VI gathered at the Seraphicum in Rome on Wednesday, 8 February 2024.
On Friday 2nd February in the seminary of St. Saviour in Jerusalem the Custodial Commission of JPIC: fr John Luke Gregory, fr Carlos Gabriel Eduardo Molina and fr Mark Vertido, completed its series of courses given to the friars in the initial stages of formation.
The Franciscan fraternity in La Spezia, Italy. “The true miracle is being close to “the people who suffer”
La Spezia is an Italian city located between Pisa and Genoa, four hundred and twenty
kilometers from Rome. It was built in the narrow valley that connects the mountains with the
Ligurian Sea, belonging to the Mediterranean.
In the Tempo Forte of January 2024, the General Definitory of the Order of Friars Minor appointed Tomás Insua as a member of the Animation Committee (CA) of the General Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.
Between the 10th and 27th of December, 2023, six friars and a Franciscan sister spent the Christmas season with some communities in the Municipality of Puerto Leguizamo. During this Christmas apostolate led by the “Laudato Si” Movement, 150 indigenous, farmers and Afro people participated in various religious activities and shared their ancestral wisdom. This mission is one of the activities that seeks to consolidate the Ministries of the “Common Home” in the Colombian Amazon and to safeguard the culture of the inhabitants of the forest.
The Franciscan Network for Migrants of the Americas (FNM) held its annual Assembly in San Salvador, El Salvador, from 19 to 26 September.
From December 4 to 5, 2023, in the fraternity of Montariol, situated in the city of Braga, Portugal, a meeting of the offices of animation from the four Provinces that make up the (CONFRES) Conference took place. It was organized by the Secretary General for Missions & Evangelization, the Secretary General for Formation & Studies, and the animators of the JPIC offices, in collaboration with the President of the Conference of Spain and Portugal, Br. Joaquín Zurera, and the responsible Definitor General, Br. Cesare Vaiani.
From Monday 11th to Friday 15th December 2023, the members of the Animation Committee of the General Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation OFM gathered for their annual meeting at the Franciscan friary of St. Mary Draperis, in Istanbul, Turkey.
From November 20 to 23, the first conference of friars (brothers) responsible for Missions and Evangelization, Formation and Studies, and Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Conference of Ministers Province of Italy and Albania (COMPI) was held at Sacrofano (Rome). More than 80 friars participated, to which were joined the Provincial Ministers responsible for the various sectors.