30 Apr

Interreligious meeting in Istanbul

On April 21, 2018, at the Church of St. Anthony in Istanbul, an interreligious meeting was organized in an atmosphere of simplicity and sincere dialogue.

The people who have consecrated themselves to the Lord within the Spirit of St. Francis feel obliged to bring the example of the founder: peace and simple dialogue with the other. In this sense, on Saturday, 21 April 2018, the Franciscan Family from Turkey organized an interreligious meeting having as its partner Şefik Can International Mevlana Education and Culture Foundation.

The symposium moderated by pr. Martin Kmetec OFMConv, brought the attention of those present to the importance of prayer as in the experience of St. Francis and of the Venerable Mevlana. Pr. Pietro Maranesi OFMCap presented a study with the title Saint Francis of Assisi: Between the Hermitage and the City. When the prayer of praise to God becomes an announcement of peace to the people, itexplains the wonderful journey of the saint. H. Nur Artıran, president of Şefik Can International Mevlana Education and Culture Foundation presented a theme on Loving the Supreme Creator and His Messenger is to respect the differences in the society.

The activities continued with various moments of dialogue between the audience and the speakers, followed by a time of prayer.


Foto: Nathalie Ritzmann

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20 Apr

Orient and the Holy Land: Ordinary Custodial Chapter

On April 9-13, 2018, the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land held the first part of its Ordinary Custodial Chapter at the Our Lady of the Well Retreat Center in Bkennaya, Lebanon.

Those attending included the Friar Joaquín AGESTA CUEVAS, the Assistant General for the Federazione Inter-mediterranea Ministri Provinciali (FIMP); Friar Teofil PETRIŞOR, the Minister Provincial of the Mother Province of St. Joseph, Spouse of the B.V.M. in Romania; and the friars who juridically belong to the Custody. This is the Custody’s third Ordinary Chapter.
During the third session of the Chapter, Friar Anton BULAI was elected to his first term as Custos. The Definitory members are: Friar Roger KOUYOUMDJI, Custodial Vicar; Friar Lucian ABALINTOAIEI, Custodial Secretary; and Friars Dominique MATHIEU and Iulian PIŞTA, Definitors.
We thank the Lord for gathering the friars together for this fraternal meeting. The atmosphere was very warm and joyful.
The second part of the Chapter will be celebrated in Istanbul, Turkey, in on July 2-6, 2018.


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