Opening of the Archives, Museum, and Permanent Photography Exhibit at the CEFID in Assisi

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After several years of labor and research at the International Franciscan Center for Dialogue (CEFID) in Assisi the project of archiving all of the documentation regarding the ecumenical and interreligious activity of the Order is concluded. In the same place, an exhibit of many objects received by the General Delegate for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue over the years.

The opening was celebrated on October 24, 2010, and a permanent photography exhibit of the history of the Conventual Franciscan involvement in ecumenism and interreligious dialogue was prepared. For next year, the twenty-fifth anniversary year of the World Day of Prayer for Peace, held in Assisi on October 27, 1986, these photographic images will be a concrete expression of the work that has been done in the area of dialogue by the Conventual Friars, for all those who visit the CEFID.
The program included the following aspects: a presentation on the project by the present General Delegate; blessing of the place, and visit to the archives, museum, and exhibit; and a fraternal gathering.
Present were the Minister General, Friar Marco Tasca, the members of the General Definitory, and all of the Friars of the General Custody of Assisi (Friars of the Sacred Convent, the Community at Rivotorto, the Friars at the Franciscanum, and the Novices from the Sacred Convent).
The archives, museum, and exhibit is open to all the Friars passing through Assisi, and to any who wish to consult the archives for a deeper appreciation or historical study of the Conventual Franciscan work in the area of dialogue. Most especially, it is for those who believe that “dialogue in the Spirit of Assisi is an essential component of the mission of the Order.”