Ordo Fratrum Minorum Capuccinorum EN

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updated 3:28 PM UTC, Dec 2, 2023

Be men of forgiveness

On September 23 of last year I communicated to you the wonderful news that Pope Francis had asked our Order to bring to Rome, for the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy, the mortal remains of our Saints Leopold Mandić and Pio of Pietrelcina. By this request the Pope meant to show to the Church and the world two excellent signs of men who gave their very existence to announcing the mercy of the Lord by means of the sacrament of Reconciliation. In the same letter I let you know that Pope Francis would welcome us to celebrate the Eucharist with him and I invited you to do everything to be present at this joyous event. Now I am writing to you as the relics of the two saints are returning to their respective shrines and I want to express my gratitude to you because you have responded to my request. It was a great joy for me, and surely also for all of you, to see more than 1,200 Friars Minor Capuchin praying with Pope Francis, listening to his word, hearing the expressions of joy as friars met, seeing each other again, happy to be able to thank the Lord for the holiness of Pio and Leopold. We concluded our unforgettable morning by passing through the Holy Door and then we stayed to pray before the reliquaries of our two brother saints...

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