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St Francis of Assisi

Daily Meditation: Instrument Of Peace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.28.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

As Pope Francis Follows St. Francis Lets Be Clear About Self Denial And Sacrifice

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

For many people, St. Francis was little more than a garden statue until Pope Francis. Suddenly, the medieval saint from the 12th century is being remembered for his love of nature, all creatures, and especially his humility and concern for everyone no matter what is their walk in life.

Franciscans In Italy Seek To Restore St. Francis Cell Through Kickstarter

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis' namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, founded his order of mendicant friars in the 13th century after receiving a calling from ...

Pope Francis: The Bridge Between God and Therapy, Sin and Forgiveness

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Pope Francis is standing on the bridge between religion and psychology. The worlds of religion and psychology both have their self righteousness and certainty in their position. Can he illuminate the truth in both?


Jack Meyer | Posted 03.10.2014 | Travel
Jack Meyer

the signs for Assisi are black and white and appear in an Old English Font. Before even stepping onto the platform, I was reminded that this was a special place, much like the signs at the entrances to churches reading Silence and Respect.

Choose to Serve

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

He lives in a Vatican guest house rather than the ornate Apostolic Palace. He gets around in a Ford Focus. In his recent, startling critique of capitalism, he called on the free world's most powerful organizations to have a conscience.

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Presepi Manger Scenes--Rome's Bethlehem Home Show

Rick Steves | Posted 02.19.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

A wonderful tradition in Italy is churches and communities making creative manger scenes and putting them on display through the Christmas season. T...

Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

Tom Weis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Weis

As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.

5 Places Not to be Missed in a Lifetime

Home Away | Posted 02.01.2014 | Travel
Home Away

In this post, I'm going to reveal the five destinations I'd love to visit, or re-visit, before I die.

An Advent Book Recommendation: For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Bruce Friedrich

Pope Francis chose to honor St. Francis of Assisi by his choice of name, but it has become clear that His Holiness didn't just want to pay homage to the humble saint; he wants the faithful to emulate him.

WATCH: Pope Francis Follows Footsteps Of Namesake

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.04.2013 | Religion

ASSISI, Italy -- ASSISI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis made a pilgrimage Friday to the hillside Italian town of Assisi, following in the footsteps of hi...

On World Environment Day, Time To Retire St. Boniface

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

That World Environment Day and the Feast Day of St. Boniface, an axe-wielding, tree-chopping Christian saint, fall on the same date seems strangely -- and sadly -- ironic.

Simple Peace: A Letter To St. Francis Of Assisi From St. Clare

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Everyone wants peace, Francis, but they do not know the source of this peace. You must teach them. Real peace comes only from a peaceful heart! And a peaceful heart comes from finding so much God inside that there is no room for anything else but peace.

Pope Francis, Saint Peter And The Other

Tobias Winright | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Tobias Winright

Just as God's Spirit surprised Saint Peter by leading him to the Gentiles and showing him that they too can be God's people, so too perhaps God's Spirit is gently nudging Pope Francis, the Catholic Church and indeed all of us to be similarly surprised by the Other.

Lady Poverty Visits The Vatican: A Letter From Francis Of Assisi To Clare

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

Clare, Lady Poverty has found a home in your simplicity. May you be held and protected in your golden silence. May your meditation touch the world. Mother Church needs you!

St. Francis, Pope Francis And Being 'Right Sized'

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Though I'm not a Catholic, I'm always genuinely inspired by followers of Christ who try to live lives of true humility and true right-sizedness. I hope, for both the sake of his church and the church universal, that Pope Francis lives into the name he has chosen for himself.

Pink Smoke And Protestant Popes

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

The key to achieving the reform so desperately needed by both Catholic and Protestant churches was right under Pope Francis' nose the moment he stepped out on the Vatican balcony. Clues can be found in a cloud of pink smoke and in the legacy of his patron saint, Francis of Assisi.

When St. Francis Needed A Band-Aid And Became Enlightened

Lisa Hickman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

In my reading this week I came across a fascinating story about St. Francis that speaks deeply to that last commitment to work toward the repair of an ailing church. This story is a challenge for us all.

3 Ways Pope Francis Will Emulate His Namesake

Stephen White | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Stephen White

Francis of Assisi is among the most beloved saints of the Church. In taking the name Francis, the new pope has signaled to the world something of his intentions for his papacy.

Papal Potential: The Future Legacy Of Pope Francis

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Imagine what could happen if Pope Francis truly follows in the footsteps of his namesake. Imagine a more peaceful world that respects religious difference. I believe it can happen.

Pope Francis On Power, The Poor And All Creation

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

St. Francis' whole program of the "Gospel Life," was about the renunciation of power that placed barriers between him and others, him and God, and him and the rest of creation. Pope Francis seems to understand the significance of his name.

A Hopeful Dispatch From St. Peter's Square

Kim Daniels | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Kim Daniels

In a moment of silence at St. Peter's, we saw something we don't see much on the world stage: authentic humility. That's the essence of our faith, and that's what will renew our Church.

St. Francis, Radical For Love

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

St. Francis, like no one before or since, captured the essence of what it meant to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Jesus commanded and St. Francis, more than any other human being, attempted to fulfill his simple yet unachievable demand.

What's In a Name?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 05.16.2013 | World
Matthew Dowd

After having watched leaders in the United States who had good intentions, get lost on their intended way, I have five humble suggestions for this Pope and his team at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit At Work?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

When the now familiar face of the Cardinal from Buenos Aires appeared I found myself shouting at the screen: "who is that?" And soon we knew: Pope Francis, potentially the most transformative pope the church has seen in 50 years.