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Franciscans consider using new language in evangelization

2009-05-26

Fr. Francisco Carballo says the language should be humble and creative. He says the way to bring about this change starts with the formation of the members of the order.

Carballo also sees the importance of adapting the Gospel to other cultures so that it is better understood. And he believes that the best way to communicate the Gospel is by living it.

Francisco J. Rodriguez Carballo
Minister General, Friars Minor
“First we should live deeper. That’s to say, going back to the essence of those elements that characterize us as Franciscans, as Friars Minor. The other thing is going and  meeting those from other religions on the same level, with different sensibilities toward other religions.”

The order is also faced with a decrease in the number of members. But, they do not consider this a threat to their mission because countries like Myanmar and Burkina Faso have seen an increase in the number of vocations and new projects. 

Francisco J. Rodriguez Carballo
Minister General, Friars Minor

"We’re celebrating 800 years of the founding of our order. We’re living in a time of excitement and reinvigoration, not in numbers, but above all in the quality of vocations and their significance for the world today.”

The current minister general noted that the focus of the order is still entails a spirit of prayer and devotion, fraternal life, humility and solidarity and the mission of evangelization.

Over the last few years, they’ve worked on promoting the Tertiary Order which boasts more than 600,000 laypeople living the charisma of Saint Francis while involved in evangelization work.

Francisco J. Rodriguez Carballo
Minister General, Friars Minor

“It’s main objective is living those Christian and Franciscan values in society. Some work in politics, others in various fields like medicine, law, universities or other branches of academia.”

These are issues that 152 representatives of the Friars Minor are talking about in Assisi until June 20.

They’ll also choose a new governing body – something they do every six years. The election will take place with a single round of voting.

The election coincides with the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the order. For the occasion they’ve created a new medal depicting Saint Francis surrounded by the Friars Minor, accompanied with an image of the Christ (Crucifix?) of Saint Damian.

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