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CONFERENCE OF THE GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS TO THE OFS-YOUFRA
2013 -2, Year 20, n. 79
YEAR OF FAITH
FAITH ACCORDING TO THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Fr. Martin Bitzer, OFM Conv.
Not wanting to disappoint my reader, obviously, I shall limit myself to offering a very brief approach, beginning to what the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) affirms, seeking to answer the question: What does it mean to believe?
National Elective Chapter, Nigeria
The National Fraternity of Nigeria has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 28 November - 1 December 2013 in Ibadan.
The new national minister is Jude Obibuzor.
Dear brothers and sisters of the Secular Franciscan Order!
May the Lord give you His peace!
You have heard about the difficult situation that Ukrainian people are experiencing today. In this time of trials the Secular Franciscans together with all the Church keep on praying, fasting and making Adoration.
During last months 95 people in Ukraine were killed, more than 600 persons were wounded and more than 340 persons are considered missing. The reason of it is the struggle of the Ukrainian people with the unfairness of the current government, which began in November 2013. The causes of the protest were suspension of the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement by the government, government corruption, social disparity, police brutality.
Monthly Dossier, November 2013
PRESIDENCY OF THE OFS INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL
ONGOING FORMATION PROJECT
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY -
By Blessed Pope John Paul II
Dossier prepared by the CIOFS Ongoing Formation Team
Ewald Kreuzer, OFS, Coordinator / Lucy Almiranez, OFS
Mike & Jenny Harrington, OFS
Session 7 - THE SACRAMENT - MARRIAGE TOB 87 - 102
THE DIMENSION OF COVENANT AND OF GRACE
Having looked at "Celibacy for the Kingdom", we now reflect on "Marriage" which remains the normal vocation. Blessed John Paul II helps us to discover the true meaning of Ephesians 5:22-33, marriage as a sacrament, the "Great mystery" and the meaning of "human life". He says - TOB 79.6: If someone chooses marriage, he must choose it exactly as it was instituted by the Creator "from the beginning"; he must seek in it those values that correspond to the plan of God; if on the other hand someone decides to follow continence for the kingdom of heaven, he must seek in it the values proper to such a vocation. In other words, he must act in conformity with his chosen vocation.
Situation in Venezuela
To all National Councils of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS)
Dear brothers and sisters,
On behalf of the Presence in the World Commission of the CIOFS Presidency, we wish to call your attention to the situation that Venezuela is currently experiencing. We are referring specifically to the peaceful protests that have been organized since last February 12th, and to the grave incidents that have unfolded since, with the sad result of people being arrested, wounded, and killed, mostly among very young people.
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National Elective Chapter, Lebanon
The National Fraternity of Lebanon has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 23-24 November, 2013.
The new national minister is Slaiby Noufaily and Michel Janian has been elected as international councillor.