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New translation by Noel Muscat OFM

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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THE FRUITFUL FAMILY OF FRANCIS OF ASSISI

ITALIAN TRANSLATION OF BARTOLOMEO DA PISA, “LIBER DE CONFORMITATE VITAE BEATI FRANCISCI AD VITAM DOMINI IESU”, BOOK 1, CONFORMITY 8

For the occasion of the solemnity of St. Francis we are presenting an on-line Italian translation in PDF edition of a section of the voluminous work of Bartolomeo da Pisa, known as “De Confirmitate Vitae Beati Francisci ad Vitam Domini Iesu” (Book of Conformities of the Life of Saint Francis to the Life of the Lord Jesus). The section deals mainly with the companions of St. Francis and the lives of many holy friars living in the various provinces of the Franciscan Order during the 13th and 14th centuries. (more…)


In defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence

Monday, April 30th, 2012

“In Defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence” is an English translation of the Latin original medieval sources for the Portiuncula Indulgence, which Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) requested from Pope Honorius III in 1216 for the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, known as the Portiuncula, close to Assisi. The most important source among these documents is the “Tractatus de Indulgentia Portiunculae” by Brother Francis Bartholi of Assisi, composed in 1334-1335 in defence of the Indulgence against its detractors. Hence the title “In Defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence”.

The author, Brother Noel Muscat ofm, is a member of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor. He was born in Malta in 1957 and entered the Order in 1976. He studied Franciscan Spirituality at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome and is author of various publications. He currently resides in Jerusalem, where he is at the service of the Holy Land Custody.

In Defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence (pdf)


HISTORY OF THE FRANCISCAN ORDER BY HERIBERT HOLZAPFEL OFM

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Introduction by
Noel Muscat ofm

On the occasion of the feast of St. Francis we are also posting a complete English translation of Heribert Holzapfel’s Handbuch der Geschichte des Franziskanerordens, published in 1909, exactly 101 years ago. (more…)


CHRONICLE OF THE 24 GENERALS OF THE ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR IN A NEW ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

INTRODUCTION by

Noel Muscat ofm

The history of the Franciscan Order during its first two centuries of existence has been the subject of intense research and study. The Sources for the Life of Saint Francis are of fundamental importance to understand the historical background in which the Order of Friars Minor was born and developed. Many of these mediaeval documents are now edited, and they have been translated into English and can be read by the general public. (more…)


New Life of St. Francis for those in formation

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

We are posting a Life of Saint Francis of Assisi, written by Fr. Noel Muscat ofm in 2003, in Italian, entitled “Vita di San Francesco d’Assisi”. This on-line publication is a popular biography of the Saint of Assisi, written in the form of notes, with the aim of providing an initial approach to the life of Saint Francis for candidates to the Franciscan life. (more…)


The Testament of St. Francis

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

“NO ONE SHOWED ME WHAT I HAD TO DO”
The life of Saint Francis of Assisi
as seen in his Testament
Noel Muscat ofm
(pp. 71)

Testament of St. Francis (pdf)