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On November 29, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. (Italian time), the 800th anniversary of the confirmation of the Later Rule will be celebrated at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.


November 29, 1223, was the day that Pope Honorius III confirmed the Rule that St. Francis had presented to him. The pope returned the Rule to Francis and his brothers as a mandate from the Church. Just so, Pope Francis will be returning the Rule to us with a message confirming us once again in the mission of going around the world to live and bear witness to the Gospel.

This celebration will involve all members of the Franciscan Family. It will be a time of prayer and fraternity, marked by gratitude to God for what he has done in the Church and in the world through our Franciscan presence. Moreover, we shall pray together today to be faithful to the vocation we have received.

We invite you to join all of our fraternities around the world in attending this important celebration. It will be live-streamed on the official website of the Franciscan Centenary ( or via the YouTube link:



As we gather from different countries around the world to participate in the same liturgy, may this event be an opportunity to grow in fraternity and communion in our respective Orders, and even more broadly, as brothers and sisters, who in various ways and forms, are committed to living the Gospel according to the teachings of St. Francis.



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