Pope tells Franciscans of the Immaculate to cooperate with Commissioner Volpi
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In visit to Roman Basilica, Pope tells Franciscans
of the Immaculate to cooperate with Commissioner Volpi
On the first day of the year, "Solemnity of Mary Mother of God" in the Paul VI Calendar, Pope Francis visited his Basilica of Saint Mary Major for the seventh time in his pontificate. A community of Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate has been attached to the Liberian Basilica for some time, and the Pope also briefly talked to them during this surprise visit.
From Italian news agency AGI:
(Salvatore Izzo) On the occasion of his seventh visit to Saint Mary Major, on Wednesday afternoon, Pope Francis met a group of Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate who serve in the Liberian Basilica, exhorting them to "cooperate [collaborare] with the Commissioner" to whom the leadership of the Institute has been entrusted since last July, AGI has learned. On December 8, when welcoming him at Saint Martha, Francis had wished to personally encourage Capuchin Fidenzio Volpi, secretary of the Italian Conference of Superiors General, to whom the Congregation for Religious gave full powers after having removed the Founder following internal conflicts in the Institute in matters of liturgy (he wished it to be celebrated in Latin) [sic], but also for reasons of administration and excessive authoritarianism regarding the religious. [sic].
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