The San Damiano Cross is the large Romanesque rood cross that St. Francis of Assisi was praying before when he received the commission from the Lord to rebuild the Church. The original cross presently hangs in the Basilica of Saint Clare (Basilica di Santa Chiara) in Assisi.

US Franciscans Speak Out Against Immigration Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2017 “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25.35) The recent actions of President Donald J. Trump regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees entering our country have been troubling to a wide ranging group of citizens across the United States. As Franciscans, we are morally outraged by […]

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Christians Must Stand with Refugees and Migrants

From a candidate who campaigned on wanting to make “America great again,” we’ve seen little in the first two weeks of his administration to suggest anything other than what many suspected in President Trump’s election slogan: a not-so-subtle nod to an era in which things were hardly ‘great’ for anyone other than a propertied, white, straight, male, […]

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CMSM and LCWR Joint Letter to Trump

On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the official organizations that represent the leadership of women and men religious—those sisters, brothers, and priests who belong to communities such as mine (the Franciscan friars as seen above)—released an open letter to the president-elect. The following is […]