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Franciscan Media announces its release of a new work by Jean Vanier, "The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship." Vanier eloquently demonstrates how the two great commandments are, in fact, the same as individuals express their love for God through compassionate care for one another and encounter the love of God tangibly through closeness. “Vanier thoughtfully explores the topics of love and purpose while expanding on God’s greatest mysteries,” said Fr. Dan Kroger, OFM, chief executive officer and publisher of Franciscan Media. Vanier is most well known as the founder of two major international community-based organizations, L’Arche, and Faith & Light, which exist for people with intellectual disabilities. He has spent more than four decades as an advocate for the poor and the weak in our society. The 2015 Templeton Prize was announced in March 2015 where he joins the ranks of previous winners including Mother Teresa, Billy Graham and the Dalai Lama.
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Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity.  This is enough energy to power the average American home for 5 months.

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Instruments of Christ: Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi: In this booklet, the author, Albert Haase, OFM, reflects on each phrase of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis, offering the reader ideas of what it means to truly be a peacemaker. He challenges us to look beyond ourselves and toward God and all of humanity. Published by Franciscan Media. Cost is $8.99. You can order it at .

The Holy See
National Catholic Conference of Bishops (NCCB) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC)
Franciscan Media
Zenit: Catholic News from Rome
Order of Friars Minor (OFM) International Web Site
Consistent Life (formerly Seamless Garment Network)
Earth Ministry
Secular Franciscan Order’s Ecology Commission
USCCB Environmental Justice Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Web of Creation
St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor
Franciscan Action Network (FAN)
The Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University
Franciscans International at the United Nations (Geneva and New York)
Bread for the World
Center of Concern in Washington, D.C.
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Friends Committee on National Legislation
National Right to Life Committee
Network: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Catholic Peace Fellowship
Global Peace Services USA
The Institute for Peace and Justice
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
Pax Christi USA
1,000 Years of Peace, sponsored by St. Anthony Messenger Press
Teaching Tolerance
Los Alamos Study Group