Pope Exhorts Mexico’s Franciscans

QUERETARO, Mexico, SEPT. 28, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI encouraged the three Franciscan religious orders present in Mexico to “keep alive the spirit of the ‘poverello’ of Assisi, whose example continues to set the world on fire.”

The papal message, read by Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, the apostolic nuncio in Mexico, set the framework for the first National Meeting of the Three Franciscan Orders, attended by more than 1,000 delegates last weekend in this central Mexican city.

Institutes and entities — including the Franciscan Conference of Mexico, the School of Franciscan Spirituality and the Franciscan University of Mexico — reflected on the theme “Franciscan Humanism: Peace and Goodness, Brother World.”

In his message, the Pope applauded the Franciscans’ concern to offer Mexico alternatives to overcome the negative situations the country is facing and to foster all that which would improve it.

The Holy Father exhorted the participants in the meeting “to live their personal adherence to Jesus, sharing the joy and being instruments of peace and goodness.”