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FRATELLI TUTTI
"YOU ARE ALL BROTHERS" (Mt 23:8)

On the 3rd of October Pope Francis signed his third encyclical letter "Fratelli tutti" during his visit to the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi.
"Fratelli Tutti" (FT) was published on October 4th, the feast of St. Francis, whose life inspired this encyclical.
In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis stresses that fraternity and friendship in society are the means to build a better, fairer and more peaceful world. He also asks all people and institutions to say no to war and the globalisation of indifference.
In the Order of Preachers we also have the charism of fraternal life. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on today's world in the context of the celebration of the jubilee (Dies Natalis) of the 800th anniversary of the death of St. Dominic (2021).

In order to facilitate your reflection, we provide you with the following documents:

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MO’S & Socius’ letter to the Dominican Family in Iraq on the occasion of the papal visit 2021
MO’S & Socius’ letter to the Dominican Family in Iraq on the occasion of the papal visit 2021

Prot. 50/21/094 MO Message Iraq Rome, 3 March 2021 Msgr. Youssif Thomas Mirkis, Archbishop of Kirkuk and SulaimanyaMsgr. Michael Najeeb, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul and AkraSr. Clara Nas, Superior General of the Sisters of St. CatherineSr. Bernadette Youssef, Vice-Provincial of the Middle East of the Sisters of the PresentationBr. Rami Simon, Superior of the House of Epiphany in BaghdadBr. Najeeb…

Appointment of Brother Augustin Laffay, O.P., as member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences
Appointment of Brother Augustin Laffay, O.P., as member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences

Brother Augustin Laffay, O.P., Archivist of the Order of Preachers (Rome), has been appointed by the Holy Father as a member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences. The news was published in the Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office on Monday, February 22, Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Born in 1965 in France, Br. Augustin lived…

New Rector of Convitto Internazionale San Tommaso d’Aquino
New Rector of Convitto Internazionale San Tommaso d’Aquino

On November 27, 2020, the Master of the Order appointed as the new Rector of the Convitto Internazionale San Tommaso, Brother Orlando Rueda Acevedo, O.P., who had just completed his six years as Socius for Apostolic Life. Since, according to its Statutes, the Convitto is a residence of the Order for the permanent formation of diocesan and religious clergy, established…

New Provincial of the Philippines
New Provincial of the Philippines

The new Prior Provincial of the Philippine Province of the Order of Preachers is Brother Filemon I. dela Cruz, Jr., O.P. Brother Filemon was born on January 19, 1964, in Manila. He is the fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Filemon and Cezarina dela Cruz. He entered the Dominican Pre-Novitiate in June 1980 and was vested with the habit of…

Articles
Blessed Jean-Joseph Lataste (1832-1866)
Blessed Jean-Joseph Lataste (1832-1866)

Alcide Lataste was born in France, in Cadillac in the Gironde, on 4 September 1832. After secondary school, he worked for a few years as a tax controller in different towns in the south of France: Privas, Pau and Nérac. These years were an opportunity for him to discover, as a member of the Conferences of Saint Vincent de Paul…

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2021
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2021

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem” (Mt 20:18)Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus revealed to his disciples the deepest meaning of his mission when he told them of his passion, death and resurrection, in fulfilment of the Father’s will. He then called the disciples to share in this mission for the…

The Solace of the Beatitudes: The Martyrdom of Sr. Maura Clarke and Sr. Ita Ford
The Solace of the Beatitudes: The Martyrdom of Sr. Maura Clarke and Sr. Ita Ford

It was a convent without walls in which Sr. Maura Clarke and Sr. Ita Ford lived. They were two sisters of Maryknoll, better known as the “Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic”, who, from the beginning to the end of their religious life, immersed themselves in missionary life, alongside the poorest, to the point of martyrdom. Just over forty years have…

Dominican Family and Human Rights: past, present and future
Dominican Family and Human Rights: past, present and future

Fr. Mike, the Dominican Family – especially in Spanish speaking countries – will be happy to receive a new contribution to Justice and Peace with this book. Can we still say that there are Dominicans who are dedicated to the defence of the most vulnerable? Where do we find them and who do they defend? There remain so many Dominicans…

Life of the Order
In the prison of Ittre (Belgium) a Dominican fraternity lives and preaches
In the prison of Ittre (Belgium) a Dominican fraternity lives and preaches

“One of the characteristics of Dominican spirituality is to work with people who, in one way or another, live on the peripheries of society, whether they be students or prisoners”, explains Ludovic Namurois who is in charge of the Dominican lay fraternities in Belgium. “Without much planning or goals, we simply get on with things. It is about being available…

European Inter-Novitiate Virtual Conference on Dominican Sanctity
European Inter-Novitiate Virtual Conference on Dominican Sanctity

Over 27 novices and six Novice Masters, from Europe, gathered virtually via Zoom for a presentation from Br. Gianni Festa O.P., Postulator General of the Order on Dominican spirituality entitled, “Rediscovering the face of the Father in the faces of his sons and daughters today’’ Br. Gianni began by stating that 2021 will be an important year for the Dominican…

Priestly Ordinations in the Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi
Priestly Ordinations in the Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi

Rome, December 16, 2020 Two Dominican friars were ordained to the Priesthood in the Provincial Vicariate of Rwanda and Burundi, Province of Canada. They are Br. Olivier Kwihangana, O.P., a Rwandan, ordained on October 17, 2020 in the Chapel of St. Albert the Great House, Nyagatare, Rwandan; and Br. Désiré Bizimana, O.P., a Burundian, ordained on November 15, 2020 in the Dominican…

Final Letter – Dominican Month for Peace 2020
Final Letter – Dominican Month for Peace 2020

Rome, 16 October 2020To all the members of the Dominican Family Dominican Month for Peace 2020Final letter Prot. 50/20/360 Promoter of J&P Dear Brothers and Sisters,We sent you a letter on 27 July, announcing that the focus of our annual Dominican Month for Peace for 2020 would be on Ukraine. We hope that his letter was widely distributed and that…

Jubilee
Dominican celebrations in Albania in honour of St.Dominic
Dominican celebrations in Albania in honour of St.Dominic

On January 17, a solemn Eucharistic celebration opened the jubilee year of St. Dominic at the Dominican Parish of “St. George Martyr” in Lagjja Mirdita, Durrës, in Albania. His Excellency Mgr. George Frendo OP, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tirana-Durres, presided and the parish priest Bro Geoffrey Bugeja OP concelebrated. The celebration began with the rite of the Lucernaria, with readings and…

Opening of the Jubilee 2021 in the Croatian Dominican Province
Opening of the Jubilee 2021 in the Croatian Dominican Province

On the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, on Thursday, the 28th of January 2021, the Croatian Dominican Province joined for an evening mass in the Dominican Church of the Queen of Holy Rosary in Zagreb to begin the celebration of two great jubilees: the Jubilee Year commemorating the 800th anniversary of the death of Our Holy Father St. Dominic and…

Cardinal Mario Grech leads Solemn Opening of the Jubilee Year in Vittoriosa
Cardinal Mario Grech leads Solemn Opening of the Jubilee Year in Vittoriosa

The Dominicans of Vittoriosa have opened the Jubilee Year commemorating the 800th anniversary from the death of Our Holy Father St. Dominic with a week-long program. On 31st December the faithful joined the community for a mass starting at 11 o’clock at night to welcome the Jubilee Year. At midnight the bells tolled solemnly to announce the year of St.…

Interview with Sr. Elisa
Interview with Sr. Elisa

Sister Elisa, Happy Jubilee Year. You have pleasantly surprised us with the stickers for whatsApp. We want to know more about you and more about your work in digital evangelism. Who is Sister Elisa? I am Sister Elisa, I belong to the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena. Argentina, I was born in the city of…

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The pilgrimage of the Master of the Order to Lourdes, Toulouse and Fanjeaux
After having been elected at the General Chapter of Bièn Hoa in Vietnam on 13 July 2019, the Master of the Order made several visits to the brothers in different provinces. Gerard Francis Timoner III has described as those of his "novitiate as Master of the Order" (celebration in Fanjeaux, 6 October 2019).

Gerard Francisco III TIMONER PARCO
The Master of the order

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