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The National Fraternity of Vietnam has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 13-15 May 2016. The new national minister is Paul Nguyen Van Hoa and international councilor is Anton Phung Bai.

The Second European congress of OFS and YouFra

Live a life worthy of the calling you have received!” (Ephesians 4,1)

 

In 2012 the OFS and YouFra had their first joint European congress in French town of Lisieux, famous for Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. It was a kind of historic moment because it was the first time to have a meeting like this between the OFS and YouFra, although YouFra have had its five congresses up to then. One of the things decided on this Congress was to continue the same path together and to organize the Second European OFS-YouFra congress in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015. Thus the National fraternity of Bosnia and Herzegovina started to organize this congress which will be held 17-23 August 2015 in Mostar.

 

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR THE TWENTY-NINTH WORLD YOUTH DAY 2014

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 5:3)

Dear Young Friends,

How vividly I recall the remarkable meeting we had in Rio de Janeiro for the Twenty-eighth World Youth Day. It was a great celebration of faith and fellowship! The wonderful people of Brazil welcomed us with open arms, like the statue of Christ the Redeemer which looks down from the hill of Corcovado over the magnificent expanse of Copacabana beach. There, on the seashore, Jesus renewed his call to each one of us to become his missionary disciples. May we perceive this call as the most important thing in our lives and share this gift with others, those near and far, even to the distant geographical and existential peripheries of our world.

2ND OFS-YOUFRA CONGRESS OF THE WESTERN ZONE OF FRANCOPHONE AFRICA LOMÉ-TOGO, FEBRUARY 8-15, 2014

God, with great love and the intercession of Saint Francis, united us once again with the brothers and sisters of the OFS and the YouFra of the continent. This was the Second congress of OFS and YouFra of Francophone Africa (of the western region) with the participation of the countries of English and Portuguese languages. It was celebrated in Lomé (Togo) in February 8-15, 2014. The participating countries were: Benin, Angola, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, and Cape Verde. Representatives of the CIOFS Presidency from Croatia, Mexico, Eritrea, Spain, and France were also present. We missed our brothers and sisters of the Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Mozambique, but we hope to have their presence with us the next time.

logo-YIG2013YOUFRA INTERNATIONAL GATHERING - REPORT

From July 19th to 22th, in the city of São João del Rey, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the World Gathering of Franciscan Youth took place under the slogan "Go and Preach". 164 youths from 19 countries participated in the Gathering

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