saint francis of assisi

Saint Francis and His Artisans of Peace

Peace is not found; with God’s help, it is built. Saint Francis of Assisi can show us the way. By Pat McCloskey, OFM

Pat McCloskey, OFM

St. Anthony Messenger

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 31. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis: Why the Name Fits

Pope Francis chose his name for a reason. His actions continue to show us why. By Pat McCloskey, OFM

Pat McCloskey, OFM

St. Anthony Messenger

Ask a Franciscan | Sharing Communion Is Rarely Permitted

Pat McCloskey, OFM, asks the tough questions in St. Anthony Messenger's "Ask a Franciscan."

Pat McCloskey, OFM

Ask a Franciscan

Saint Peter's Cathedral

Ask a Franciscan | Was Saint Peter the Bishop of Rome?

Was St. Peter Bishop of Rome?

Pat McCloskey, OFM

Ask a Franciscan

Learning from Saint Teresa of Calcutta

We formally recognize saints not for their benefit, but for ours. The saints’ holiness should encourage ours—not substitute for it. So what should we be learning from Mother Teresa?

Pat McCloskey, OFM

St. Anthony Messenger

The Rift Between Jews and Samaritans

Though the Samaritans were condemned by the Jews, Hartman says they probably had as much pure Jewish blood as the Jews who later returned from the Babylonian exile.

Pat McCloskey, OFM

Ask a Franciscan

Red, White and Green Martyrs?

Fr. Pat answers readers' questions on a wide variety of topics.

Pat McCloskey, OFM

Ask a Franciscan

God Wants Total Commitment

Fr. Pat answers readers' questions about Jesus, Mary, commitment, and Hurricane Katrina.

Pat McCloskey, OFM

Ask a Franciscan

Ask a Franciscan: What is Required of Godparents?

In "Ask a Franciscan," Franciscan Father Pat McCloskey answers questions regarding the Catholic faith, such as "What is the role of godparents?"

Pat McCloskey, OFM

Ask a Franciscan

Ask a Franciscan: Why Catholics Love Art

Friar Pat McCloskey, OFM, answers the tough questions in Ask a Franciscan.

Pat McCloskey, OFM

Ask a Franciscan