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Pope Francis waves to the crowds at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept 2, 2015.

Pope Francis to Friars Minor: Seek renewal amid declining numbers

Jul 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

Members of the Order of Friars Minor are meeting in Rome. Read more

Fr. Massimo Fusarelli, the new minister general of the Order of Friars Minor.

Franciscan order elects 121st successor of St. Francis of Assisi

Jul 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Massimo Fusarelli takes over from U.S. Franciscan Fr. Michael Perry. Read more

Pope Francis meets Poor Clare nuns whose monastery was destroyed in 2009 earthquake

Apr 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Monday met with a community of Poor Clare nuns, whose abbess died when the roof of their... Read more

Fr. Edward Tamer, a Franciscan friar who has died of COVID-19 at the age of 83. Photos courtesy of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

‘I will die with them and for them’: Franciscan friar who survived Syrian War dies of COVID-19

Sep 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

When asked by his superior if he wanted to leave Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, Fr. Edward Tamer replied... Read more

Monastery of Franciscan order in Assisi.

Franciscans of Assisi report 18 coronavirus cases

Aug 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

While Assisi was largely sheltered from a major coronavirus outbreak during Italy’s lockdown, ten Franciscan friars and eight novices at... Read more

St. Francis of Assisi.

Will the real St. Francis please stand up?

Oct 4, 2019

By Matt Hadro

St. Francis of Assisi is widely known for his life of poverty and love of creation. But there’s a lesser-known... Read more

Sr. Stephanie Baliga and some members of her marathon team. Courtesy photo.

Why this Franciscan nun is about to run her 10th marathon

Oct 3, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Sr. Stephanie Baliga is about to run her tenth marathon. Here's why.  Read more

Franciscan Province paid poor abuse victims $15,000 in nondisclosure agreement

Aug 27, 2019

The Associated Press has uncovered the cases of two men whom the Franciscans of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin... Read more

Father Jude McKenna holds his Order of the Rising Sun award alongside Japan's Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Mari Miyoshi.

Japan awards priest for promoting friendship in Africa through judo

Jul 8, 2019

A Capuchin Franciscan priest from Northern Ireland who spent 50 years on mission in Zambia has been awarded one of... Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

What a vocation to be a Holy Land Franciscan looks like

Sep 10, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

A religious vocation to serve in the Holy Land is demanding, but there is nothing like walking where Christ walked... Read more

Solanus Casey. Courtesy of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph.

The quirky Father Solanus: Squeaky violinist, tamer of bees

Dec 30, 2017

By Mary Farrow

You’ve heard of Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves. But have you heard of Fr. Solanus Casey’s multiplication of the ice... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a baby at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 22, 2017.

When you serve others, stay humble, Pope tells Franciscans

Nov 23, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said on Thursday to always be humble when serving others, especially the least of these, remembering how much... Read more

Paula Medina Zárate, a Panamanian cured through Solanus Casey's intercession, at his beatification Nov. 18, 2017.

Faithful from near and far gather to celebrate Fr. Solanus, friend and healer

Nov 19, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Usually, when Detroit’s Ford Field is filled with people, it’s because football fans are watching the Lions play another NFL... Read more

Blessed Solanus Casey Beatification at Ford Field in Detroit. Nov. 18, 2017.

Humble disciple, tireless servant: Solanus Casey beatified in Detroit

Nov 18, 2017

Detroit’s beloved Father Solanus Casey has been beatified, with Pope Francis calling him “a humble and faithful disciple of Christ,... Read more

Solanus Casey, CC 3.0 via Wikipedia.

Those close to the cause of Fr. Solanus Casey recall a humble, holy friar

Nov 17, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Before a potential saint is beatified, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes.  Read more

Solanus Casey. Courtesy of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph

Venerable Solanus Casey: the priest who answered the doorbell.

Nov 17, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Venerable Solanus Casey, a Capuchin priest from Wisconsin, was humble before all else, said the postulator of his cause for... Read more

Venerable Solanus Casey, who will be beatified Nov. 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit.

Fr. Solanus Casey: the American priest who will be beatified next week

Nov 8, 2017

Venerable Solanus Casey, an American-born Capuchin priest who died in 1957, will be beatified at a Nov. 18 Mass in... Read more

Saint Anthony of Padua, by El Greco (c. 1580).

St Anthony of Padua considered 'all the world as his home'

Jun 13, 2017

As the Church celebrates St. Anthony of Padua, his widespread popularity can be traced to his efforts at reaching out... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the relics of the two polish priests, Bl. Zbigniew Strzalkowski and Bl. Michal Tomaszek.

Pope makes unexpected stop at Franciscan monastery

Jul 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

Before heading to an evening prayer vigil with youth, Pope Francis made an unannounced stop at a Franciscan monastery housing... Read more

Franciscan Friars with filter.

'Little' friars credit vocation boom to Pope's name

May 26, 2015

By Elise Harris

Gathered in Rome for their general chapter meeting, members of the Order of Friars Minor – better known as Franciscans... Read more