.- The Vatican has revealed that a house is being sought for members of the Friars of the Immaculate who study in Rome, and assured that Pope Francis is well-informed on the order’s temporary receivership.
In a statement released June 24, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. published the answer of Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo addressing several questions regarding the Franciscans of the Immaculate following a June 10 meeting with Pope Francis.
“The Holy Father is punctually informed of all the steps as they are taken,” he observed, explaining that currently “a house in Rome is being sought to accommodate the Friars…who attend a Pontifical university in Rome to pursue their studies.”
Archbishop Caraballo is the secretary for the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, and assists the congregation’s prefect, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, in overseeing the order.
“Both the commissioner, Fr. Volpi, and all the seminarians of the Franciscans of the Immaculate were received by the Holy Father on June 10 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae,” Archbishop Caraballo said.
This is “a gesture that demonstrates the interest with which Pope Francis follows the situation of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and his closeness to the work that the commissioner is carrying out in the name of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life.”
Founded by Fr. Stefano Manelli in 1970 with strong Marian charism, the Franciscans of the Immaculate were placed under temporary receivership last year in order to resolve internal differences involving the government and administration of the order, their relationship with their female branch, the use of the exclusive old missal and the interpretations of the Second Vatican Council.
During the hour and a half long meeting between the Pope and members of the religious order, all of the Friars present sang the Ave Maria di Fatima and renewed their vows of total consecration to the Immaculate.
Afterward the friars had the opportunity to ask Pope Francis questions on the most highly debated topics regarding their internal operations.
This is all so very positive and uplifting and I pray that the Holy Father was able to answer your questions in a way that left you gentlemen feeling hopeful. Ave Maria!
Thanks be to God that the Vatican is searching for a house for FFI seminarians. I hope and pray that one is soon forthcoming. And thank you Fr Angelo for keeping us abreast of events.
Father Angelo: Be assured of my prayers and sacrifices for you, the Institute, and our Holy Father!
Thanks Rhonda. Nice to hear from me. Give my best to your folks.
There is a lot being posted that I don’t have time to keep up with now that I have gone back to work, but this picture and what it signifies is beautiful. I love Pope Francis and the deep love that he has for his flock. He shepherds with the Heart of Jesus. I am sure that in this difficult time of testing, Grace will abound through the courage, faithfulness, respect, and obedience shown to Our Holy Father and the Teachings of the Church.
Have you found a house yet?
It seems that we have, but I will know more when I get back to Italy. Thanks for asking.
San Francisco Patre nos seraphicus del Assisi est’ominem. Ora pro nobis
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