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PRESENCE OF COMMISSION IN THE WORLD  - CIOFS PRESIDENCY

FORMATION PROGRAMME FOR  2013

October 2013

Dossier written by Mª Lorena Campos U. OFS/ Vittorio Fraternity Battaglioni, Pisa (Italy)

 

 

INTRODUCTION

In answering the challenge to report in the light of the Gospel the worldly affairs, by adapting them to the God's design for this world, « Secular Franciscans must become the agents of social transformation .... Sensitive to economic necessities, in co-responsibility and in solidarity especially regarding those who suffer because of unjust structures of a globalized society that excludes and exploits ».  To do this, one must be aware of the « proper management of human and economic resources » (Conclusions from the General Chapter of the OFS 2011).

 PRESENCE IN THE WORLD COMMISSION – CIOFS PRESIDENCY

2013 FORMATION PROGRAM

September

Dossier written by Anna Pia OFS and Attilio Galimberti OFS

Edited by Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano TOR

 

 

THE OFS AND CULTURE

1.       INTRODUCTION

In paragraph 554 of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, it is well specified that culture must constitute a privileged domain of presence and commitment for the Church and for each Christian. We find this reminder for a more active presence in the world in certain articles of our Rule (art. 14, 15, 17 and 18) thus the importance of a reflection on this theme that is not always well understood.  Very often, in effect, we tend to think that culture has nothing to do with the choice of Christian commitment or, in our specific case, with our Franciscan commitment. It is not always like this. Making culture signifies in effect bringing to the world and being witness to the values and foundations of our own manner of being, of our own spirituality.

PRESENCE IN THE WORLD COMMITTEE – CIOFS PRESIDENCY

2013 FORMATION PROGRAM

May

Prepared by Ana Maria Olmedo OFS – Edited by Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR

Translated by Heleni Pedersoli OFS

FOOD CRISIS AND THE GREEN ECONOMY – SAFEGUARDING CREATION

INTRODUCTION

Recent world events, which we interpret as signs of the times, sensitize and challenge today’s Franciscans, leading us to see that it is time to revisit our personal lifestyles, in terms of living our Franciscan spirituality. One of the most important themes in the Franciscan life is respect for ecology, so the question arises: Are we experiencing the same feelings and attitudes of Francis regarding the safeguarding of creation? With this presentation we want to open the door so that together we are able to bring a greater commitment to environmental attitudes and actions that can make a difference in our environments. Safeguarding creation does not just mean to reverence and admire nature itself, but it also means honoring and living the universal community, where the fully realized human being can, along with all creation, adhere to the presence of Christ Himself, by whom all things were created, from who all things come to be, and to whom everything returns.

 

 

 

 

 

 «PRESENCE IN THE WORLD» COMMISSION – CIOFS PRESIDENCY  

2013 FORMATION PROGRAMME  

June

Dossier prepared by Lovro Sučić OFS

Edited by Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano TOR – Translated into English by Françoise Malboeuf

 

 

BUILDERS OF PEACE IN A WORLD OF VIOLENCE – INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

1.       INTRODUCTION

                If the presence in the world is an imperative for all the faithful lay persons; it is so much more, for us secular Franciscans, a responsibility to be at the head of the builders of peace in the world, in view of the charisma, lived by Saint Francis, that we pretend to inherit. Being builders of a more fraternal world, indeed of a universal fraternity constitutes the ideal, sometimes placed in doubt even by some members of the Catholic Church, and has no alternative. A mission that we have been entrusted with by the Church, as a figure in our Rule (cf. art.14 and 19), but that must be realized « with all the men of good will » and in collaboration « with the movements that promote fraternity between all peoples » (Constitutions, art. 18).

 

 

PRESENCE IN THE WORLD COMMISSION – CIOFS PRESIDENCY
2013 FORMATION PROGRAM

April
Prepared by Francesca Restivo – Franciscans International
With the collaboration of Attilio Galimberti OFS and Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano TO
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Human Rights and Responsibility

Introduction

Continuing our journey of formation for an active presence in the world, we now come to a document that can be called a pillar and a prophetic vision of the structure of a global society, such as is found in the Charter of the United Nations. We are referring to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that, since its proclamation has entered into the common language of all the member States as a basic reference point. We believe it is also important to mention that although they have recognized the fundamental value of the Universal Declaration, some countries that have visions of society somewhat different than those of the Western world have proclaimed a declaration of their own that has as its reference point the religious texts that give inspiration to their society. In this dossier we refer to the Declaration as it was approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations.