THE NEWS of the sudden death of my dear friend and Franciscan brother Fr. Enzo Poiana, the Rector of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, was a bolt out of the blue.

September 30 2016 | by

DEAR FRIENDS, none of us can deny that this endless trail of deadly terrorist attacks throughout the world is sending shock waves into our daily lives.

September 01 2016 | by

IN 1977 the Rector of the Seminary where I was studying gave me and other young friars the possibility of going to our mission in Ghana to help set up a small ward in a leper colony. That was a very...

May 23 2016 | by

IN 1971 I was going through a life crisis: I was unhappy with my love life, my job and, above all, my spiritual life. Something was wrong, and I didn’t know what to do.

It was in that...

May 02 2016 | by

EVERY ONCE in a while I go to a small supermarket close to the Basilica of St. Anthony here in Padua to buy some little goodies to keep in my room in the friary: a few cans of sugar-free drink, some...

March 11 2016 | by

THE LITURGICAL high point of the Jubilee is Easter. In Pope Francis’ words, “What a joy to announce the Easter message: Jesus is risen; there is hope for you; you are no longer in the...

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