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The non-profit Foundation, registered with the Canadian government, and known as “San Francesco di Paola nel Mondo”, (St Francis of Paola in the World), was started by the journalist Assunta Orlando. In her research to find the number of immigrants that return each year to visit Italy, their country of birth, she discovered that St. Francesco of Paola is venerated in many countries. We owe this to the Order of Minim Friars, whose presence can be found all over the world, and to the Spanish and Portuguese explorers who in discovering new colonies in the New World also built shrines dedicated to St. Francis.
Wherever they went, immigrants brought their devotion to St. Francis with them, along with their values and traditions. The Italian community abroad in fact, continues to religiously and socially celebrate many feast days of their patron saints. These gatherings result from a need to be together. It also represents an occasion for the building of community that reminds the faithful of the rituals and festivals from their places of birth.
Given the numerous religious celebrations, one that stands out worldwide is those festivities honoring St. Francis. This is especially true because St. Francis, late in life, went to France and died there away from his country of birth.
To mark the fifth century after his death, and to send out a message about the importance of community and brotherhood, it was decided to start the Foundation in his name, and to improve communication among the various groups of Italian origin, with special emphasis on reaching out to young people who are the future of the Italian immigrant community all over the world.
The Foundation’s main initiative is to promote a sense of belonging
among all those who are devoted to St. Francis of Paola, both in Italy
and abroad. Furthermore, it aims to accomplish this by establishing communication
links based on co-operation and on the principle of solidarity both social
Along with implementing the above goals, the Foundation will also promote:
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