In 1220 the Friars Minor Berardo da Calvi, Accursio and Adiuto da Narni, Ottone da Stroncone and Pietro da San Gemini were killed in Morocco. At the sight of their torn bodies, the Augustinian Canon Fernando da Lisbon decided to put on the Franciscan habit taking the name Anthony, with which he is venerated today as a saint not only in Padua but all over the world.
Eight hundred years later, the diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia and the Franciscan order intend to celebrate this anniversary: it offers many aspects that address issues and challenges of today. For example, it recalls the importance of combining love and sacrifice if the first is not to remain elusive and the second unproductive. Similarly, the life of the martyrs recalls the Christian’s way of life and that of every person who is called to live in gratitude; gratitude which is then expressed in spontaneous self-giving to one’s brothers and sisters.
This centenary is an opportunity to rediscover and appreciate the historical, artistic, social and landscape heritage of southern Umbria with a view to a much needed spiritual, cultural and humanitarian rebirth.
2019 witnessed a number of events recalling the encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and the Ayyūbid Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil eight hundred years ago. Now that the anniversary has passed, a roundtable discussion looks to the future of Muslim-Christian relations, particularly in connection with the Franciscan family.
In an atmosphere of prayerful reflection, panelists will discuss recent initiatives and possible initiatives to advance dialogue and will invite those in attendance to surface their own ideas – as concretely and practically as possible – for how Christians and Muslims can together move beyond Damietta.
Mustafa Cenap Aydin Istituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain
Nadjia Kebour Istituto Tevere
Jason Welle OFM Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies
Monday, 13 January 2020 – 6:00 P.M. at the Centro Pro Unione, Via Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30 · Rome – 1st floor (Piazza Navona)
The Relationship between OFS and YouFra: Challenges and hopes
With this small writing I would like to share with you my joy of being part of this great project of our Franciscan family. I reached in Rome two months ago and I am in the process of accommodating myself and getting used to my new house and to this pastoral work that the Order has entrusted to me and I assume it with a great desire to continue learning and sharing the rich experience of our Franciscan spirituality.
The first topic I would like to deal with is about the challenging relationship between the OFS and YouFra. When we talk about relationship in the human sense, it implies an encounter, a bond and an exchange. But, even more, in the Franciscan world, it is marked by the experience that Francis of Assisi had with Christ who was poor and crucified for love. Through this experience, Francis showed us the wonderful gift of the fatherhood God and the brotherhood among us, his children.
Koinonia 2019-4: “The Relationship between OFS and YouFra: Challenges and hopes”– Fr. Claudio Hernán Eguzquiza Rodríguez, TOR