2014 CIOFS Program for Ongoing Formation
Theme VII: St. Ludwig and Our Sister Bodily Death 
"The king was so filled with the spirit of charity that although many tried to dissuade him because of the danger, he would willingly go to visit the sick even if (he was) suffering in agony. He would offer them words of consolation and much needed advice." (Guillaume de Chartres, De Vita et de miraculis)
National Elective Chapter, Italy
The National Fraternity of Italy has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 7 June 2014.
TEMPTATIONS OF PASTORAL WORKERS
Br. Martín Pablo Bitzer, OFMConv
In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, Pope Francis dedicates ample space to the temptations faced by pastoral workers (Cf. nn. 76-109).
From the Gospels we know that before beginning his mission, “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Mt 4:1).
Before entering into his discourse on the announcement of the Gospel, the Pope helps us to unmask and to recognize the temptations of today that can put the new evangelization in danger.
The Holy Father affirms: “I have not sought to offer a complete diagnosis, but I invite communities to complete and enrich these perspectives on the basis of their awareness of the challenges facing them and their neighbours.” (108)
Three things are striking in Pope Francis’s way of communicating: the novelty of his language (vocabulary), the citations that he uses, and the style by which he makes the discourse more incisive.
National Elective Chapter, Angola
The National Fraternity of Angola has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 23 August 2014 in Luanda.
National Elective Chapter, Lithuania
The National Fraternity of Lithuania has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 20 September 2014 in "Domus Pacis", Kaunas.
Letter from the Conference of the Franciscan Family
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
May the Lord give you peace.
We, the Ministers of the Conference of the Franciscan Family (CFF), wrote to you on October 23, 2012, regarding the financial situation of Franciscans International (FI), and asking for your assistance. It is with joy that we write once again, this time with good news about the organization and its work.