Franciscans International, the NGO of the Franciscan Family at the United Nations, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. As the Minister General of the OFM Franciscans, Michael Perry, OFM, observes in this video, it was the Franciscan values of peace, poverty and planet that led us to the United Nations, where we have worked tirelessly to include them in UN discussions, documents and activities.
We invite you to look through through this reader-friendly booklet which presents the history of our common Franciscan ministry at the United Nations.
The booklet tells stories of struggles and achievements that were possible thanks to many of our Franciscan Sisters and Brothers working at the grassroots level as well as those working in the different FI offices, including our committed staff.
In these challenging times caused by the coronavirus, we also don’t want to forget the countless people that suffer of injustices and violence and whose dignity is not respected. At FI we continue to be in touch with Franciscans and other partners at the grassroots and we have already released statements on Covid-19 and human rights as well as Covid-19 and its intersection with extreme poverty and environmental justice.
You can download the booklet using the links below in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. We also encourage you to share it widely with anyone you feel might be interested in our common ministry.