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2019 - 2                                                            Year 26                                                             n. 102


«Walking with the young people: a vital challenge for OFS»

«Identity and Mission of YouFra»
Fr. Pedro Zitha, OFM



At times the world shows a negative and false image of youth, presenting it as lost in worldly things and without a future. It is sad to see that this is the idea that adults have of young people. Sometimes they forget their duty to empower young people to discover their true identity as living images of God and to live it in a dignified manner. Often young people are identified as generations that suffer a crisis of religious, cultural, political, social and economic identity. But this identity crisis often depends on the different realities in which they live, see and judge the world, a world in which the moral aspects in the political, social and religious spheres are almost non-existent. It is precisely in this kind of situation that the mission of Franciscan Youth is to show the world that young people still feel able to reactivate the flame of faith, so that they will never lose the hope of identifying themselves with those disciples of Jesus who have been called to be light of the world and salt of the earth. Their active participation in the recent Synod of Bishops centered on the theme «young people, faith and vocational discernment». Their engaging joy manifested not only in World Youth Days but also in the most humble and simple parish meetings and the presence in the various projects and proposals of the Church. All this shows that young people still continue to turn their eyes to Jesus, in order to be totally «rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving» (Cf. Col 2,7). If this is the daily attitude of young people, there is still hope that they can live their identity and mission.

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Dear all,

on March 24, 2019 in Rome at the "Seraphicum", Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure, organized by the Presidency of the International Council of the Secular Franciscan Order CIOFS, a conference was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, approved by Pope St. Paul VI on June 24, 1978, with his letter "Seraphicus Patriarcha".

We enclose the reports of the speakers:

- Encarnación del Pozo: Implementation of the Pauline Rule, current challenges;
- Benedetto Lino: The Pauline Rule of the Order of Franciscan Penitents;
- Michèle Altmeyer: Spiritual features of the new OFS Rule;
- Padre Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap: The Secular Franciscan Order living memory of the early franciscan preaching

Pax et Bonum!

Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis
Consilium Internationale
Jennifer Harrington OFS



We continue proposing what was assumed as a priority in the 2014 General Chapter that invites us "to include the meaning of sexuality and the sacrament of marriage in all formation programs of the OFS and YouFra. " In this article we share articles from: Lumen Gentium – (LG), Familiaris Consortio – (FC), Evangelium Vitae – (EV) Guardium et Spes – (GS), Letter to Families (LF) and Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church – (CCC), on marriage and the family and refer to our Rule and General Constitutions.

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The news reached us last January 15th and made us, the Swiss Church and, above all, the dioceses of Lausanne, Geneva and Friborg very happy.