(Romereports.com) After a ten day meeting in Assisi, the general chapter of the Order of the Friars Minor, more commonly known as the Franciscans, re-elected Marco Tasca from Padua, as the successor to St. Francis. As such, he remains the 119 successor to the founder of the Franciscan order.
Marco Tasca took an oath of loyalty to the Franciscan code, in front of the members of the general chapter.
The ceremony was simple, and the members also asked St. Francis for guidance for their leader. In a symbolic gesture, the saint's relics are placed above the elected successor's head, to ask St. Francis to help illuminate the new leader's decisions during his term.