Blogs & News
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The Internet is an significant tool for formation, as well as an important means spreading information. Since the second half of the 90’s, when the Internet began to spread and connect more and more users, the Franciscans of the Immaculate have striven to be present on this important new digital Areopagus. It’s an arena in which more and more people come together not only to exchange information, but also to receive training, to get ideas on what surrounds them, or even to gain specialized knowledge to which they would otherwise not have access. The Franciscans of the Immaculate have always been involved on this front. Below we give a list of some blogs and news sites offered by the Franciscans of the Immaculate as part of this important service to the global community.
Approfondimenti di Fides Catholica: Fides Catholica is a scholarly journal of Catholic apologetics, founded in 2005 and directed by Fr. Serafino M. Lanzetta, Franciscan of the Immaculate, Doctor of Dogmatic Theology and Professor at the Seminary of the Immaculate Mediatrix (STIM). The Director of Fides Catholica also maintains a blog where he develops some of the journal’s themes as well as other current issues. The blog is published in Italian.
The Absolute Primacy of Christ: this blog is in English and is edited by Fr. Maximilian Dean, Guardian of the friar’s Marian Retreat at Amandola. His goal is to spread the scotistic doctrine on the Primacy of Christ and its implications. It’s a theological blog, but very useful for those who want to know and study the doctrine of Bl. John Duns Scotus.
Mediatrice.net: Mediatrice.net is a portal for information directed by Fr. Alfonso Bruno, Director of Institute’s Communication Office. «This site is the courageous response of young Franciscan missionaries to the cultural challenges of the New Millennium. Even from the heart of Africa, in Benin, where the TV and radio network Immaculée Conception has been created, Catholic journalism is called to put its professional competence above all to the service of true witnesses of faith. The "Good News" is passed on by means of the formation of free and responsible consciences, in truth. It is this that offers the authentic development of the nations».
Liturgia et Musica (Liturgy and Music) is the website of the Liturgical Commission of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Its main objective is to offer to the Friars, Sisters, Poor Clares and the Third Order of the Immaculate a well stocked library of pastoral and liturgical aids, as well as to provide opportunities for discussion on liturgical and other topics. But the material of this site is not limited to the Franciscans of the Immaculate: in fact some of the material is also available to those who, although not part of the family, register themselves on the site. The Secretary of the Liturgical Commission is responsible for the site, but the possibility is open to those who are registered to post messages or comments.
Vienieseguimi.org: Vocational website in Italian maintained by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. It presents the vocational testimonies of several friars and sisters, information on the two Institutes and links to beautiful photo and video galleries.