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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.

PRAYER PROGRAM FOR OFS-YOUFRA: MONTHLY INTENTIONS

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For each month, there is a general prayer intention, and a specific intention depending on the life of the Universal Church and particularly on important events in National Fraternities around the world. Let Local Fraternities pray for both.

K O I N Ō N I A
...together on the journey

CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2016 -1                                                                                     Year 23                                                                                     n. 89

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MERCY: TRANSFORMING GRACE AND MISSION


The four series of Koinonia this year will concentrate on the theme of mercy, as gift that comes from God, to transform the life of Christians, directing them towards the mission which consists in being “Merciful like the Father” (MV 13). 1

The following are the topics of articles which will be presented:

Koinonia 2016-1: The Jubilee of Mercy and the Pardon of Assisi.
Koinonia 2016-2: To live Mercy in Fraternity.
Koinonia 2016-3: OFS and the Works of Mercy in History.
Koinonia 2016-4: OFS and the Works of Mercy today.


JUBILEE OF MERCY AND THE PARDON OF ASSISI
Fr. Martín Bitzer, OFMConv

Introduction

The intuition and the intention to convoke an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by Pope Francis, - the highest expression of the style with which he is carrying out his Petrine ministry – brings our minds immediately to the saint of Assisi, who wished that divine pardon and mercy reached all, and not only a privileged few.

Dear brothers and sisters, we have all been struck by the images of the earthquake that has devastated Ecuador, claiming numerous victims and causing incalculable damage.

We have all been praying that the Lord of Peace will help the survivors bear the terrible suffering of the loss of their loved ones and their homes and that those who have lost their life will be welcomed into His embrace.

It is also important to reach out to these peoples with concrete assistance and the CIOFS Presidency invites you to make this fraternal gesture through the Capuchin Friars of Ecuador who have made their money transfer accounts available for this end. Here are the coordinates:

 

Thank you in the name of our brothers and sisters in Ecuador.

Circ. n. 13/14-20
Prot. n. 2851/14-20

Rome, March 20, 2016
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s passion

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Christ is risen, indeed!

Dear Sisters and Brothers!


May the good Lord give you his peace!

I send my most fraternal greetings to all of you, with one of the most ancient greetings of the Christians: Let us rejoice, because Christ is risen! The merciful Heavenly Father did not allow death to overcome life. The first Christians in the 1st century have already user the greeting: Christ is risen, and answered, he is risen, indeed! This is the centre of our faith, what the ancient Christians knew that has to be confessed repeatedly and shared with everyone. How beautiful it is to have this greeting as a daily bread! Light cannot be hidden, joy has to be shared!

We encourage OFS Fraternities with Youfra to organize a family gathering on or around the 28th April, when we celebrate the memorial of “Blessed Luchesio and Buonadonna", and we hope that you can share a day full of joy, of hope, of fraternal life together with your families;

and then share with us your experiences of this meeting, through news, photographs, etc.

http://www.ciofs.org/portal/index.php/en/family-commission/1442-family-commission-presentation