BY BRO MARIANO DI VITO OFM CAP
For the people of ancient times the Pillars of Hercules (the westernmost point of the Iberian peninsula) marked the ends of the world and on their geographical maps at the entrance of the great ocean would be written the words “Non plus Ultra!” (“Nothing further beyond!”) Then three Caravels crossed the great ocean and the “new world” entered history, changing it for always!
On those Caravels travelling, together with the not always noble ambitions of the Eminent of Spain, were disciples of Francis, Dominic and Ignatius, bringing with them in their hearts the fervent desire to preach the Gospel and to bring to the unknown and unexplored West Indies the Cross of our Lord and Saviour.
Five hundred or more years later, another disciple of Ignatius made the same journey but this time in the opposite direction, to become Peter, the Bishop of Rome and Pastor of the Universal Church and taking the name of Francis.
He has been called to confirm the faith that was preached to his forefathers by his fellow brothers and to shepherd as Pastor the whole of Our Lord’s flock.
He chose the name Francis because, like our Seraphic Father, he wishes to rely on the strength of the Gospel...