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Oct 4, 2017 - 10:16 am .- St. Francis of Assisi is widely known for his life of poverty and love of creation. But there’s a lesser-known side to the friar as well – a side that showed a deep reverence for the Eucharist and attentive care to the sacred vessels at Mass.       
Jun 13, 2017 - 04:00 pm .- As the Church celebrates St. Anthony of Padua, his widespread popularity can be traced to his efforts at reaching out as a neighbor to all peoples, according to the rector of the basilica where the saint's body rests.
Jul 30, 2016 - 11:26 am .- Before heading to an evening prayer vigil with youth, Pope Francis made an unannounced stop at a Franciscan monastery housing the relics of two martyrs, where he prayed for peace and an end to violence.
May 26, 2015 - 03:33 pm .- Gathered in Rome for their general chapter meeting, members of the Order of Friars Minor – better known as Franciscans – said that while vocations in general have been down in recent years, numbers have begun to rise again after Pope Francis’ election.
Feb 11, 2015 - 12:08 am .- An upcoming twenty-day Holy Land pilgrimage for priests and religious aims at being a renewal program to help them become more effective in ministry, according to one of the pilgrimage's coordinators.
Oct 14, 2014 - 09:55 am .- Family and friends of the gray-habited friar Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel bid farewell to him Oct. 12 as he was laid to rest in the crypt of the Most Blessed Sacrament Friary after his funeral Mass at the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark.
Oct 9, 2014 - 10:19 am .- The Custody of the Holy Land announced Thursday that the Franciscan priest who was abducted in Syria by rebels over the weekend has been released, and is under house arrest at the convent in his town.
Oct 7, 2014 - 04:32 pm .- Militants linked to al-Nusra Front kidnapped a Catholic parish priest and as many as 20 people from a Christian village in Syria on Sunday night.
Aug 13, 2014 - 02:03 am .- Despite the stresses of alternating violence and ceasefires between Hamas and Israel, Franciscans in the Holy Land are committed to helping the region's Christians remain in their homeland.
Jun 26, 2014 - 05:18 am .- The Vatican has revealed that a house is being sought for members of the Friars of the Immaculate who study in Rome, and assured that Pope Francis is well-informed on the order’s temporary receivership.
Jan 16, 2013 - 04:03 am .- U.S.-based Franciscan friars have enjoyed a widespread response to a service allowing Catholics to send in prayer requests via text message.
Oct 8, 2012 - 12:09 pm .- As Catholics around the world celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct.4, the oldest Capuchin friar in Italy said his life as a follower of the 13th century saint “has been a blessing.”

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