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Celebration of the anniversary of the promulgation of the “Regula Bullata” rule

A celebration is planned in Rome, in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, on November 29, 2023 at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. Montreal) to commemorate the anniversary of the promulgation of the “Regula Bullata” rule. You can participate online by visiting the following link: https://

800 years ago, on November 29, 1223, Pope Honorius III approved the Rule of the Friars Minor by issuing the papal bull "Solet yearbook" to Brother François and other members of the Order. This approval was a confirmation of what Pope Innocent III had already approved orally during the meeting in Rome around 1210, as indicated in the opening of the document. Francis himself recalls this confirmation in his will: "The Lord gave me brothers, no one showed me what I should do, but it was the Most High himself who revealed to me that I should live according to the form of the holy Gospel. And I had it written in a few words and with simplicity, and the Lord Pope confirmed it to me. (Testament 14-15; FF 116).

a little history.....

In 1209, the brothers who gathered around of Francis are 12. In 1217, there are… 5,000.

« In 1209, the brothers who gather around Francis are 12. In 1217, there are… 5,000. To avoid personal conflicts and take into account the canonical requirements of the Church, Francis resolves to give them a rule of life promulgated in 1221, during Pentecost . But this rule, “admirable, spiritual text”Regula prima, cannot be approved by Rome because it is not legal enough. In 1223, Francis therefore retired to Fonte Colombo, on the advice of Cardinal Hugolin, protector of the order and future Pope Gregory IX, to take over the editorial office. The rule is approved by the bubble Solet annuere of Pope Honorius III (1216-1227). It is therefore named Regula bullata. This Middle Ages text is still in force, after having undergone several updates. Legal rule, however, it remains very evangelical. The novelty is its insistence on fraternity and poverty in order to meet anyone as a brother, whatever their social origins, religion, etc. (brother Luc Mathieu OFM< span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">) règle de saint François
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