This issue of the Franciscan Culture Review “Spirit+Life” includes a translation of a study on the Franciscan theologians and preachers who spread the cult of Saint Joseph during the period from the 13th to the 15th century. The original version is found in the Franciscan Review “Miscellanea Francescana”. It shows the importance of the Franciscan contribution to spread devotion to Saint Joseph, particularly in the writings of Saint Bonaventure, Peter John Olivi, Ubertino da Casale, Saint Bernardine of Siena and Blessed Berardino da Feltre. The Review also features the second part of a study on The Franciscan Presence in the Holy Land on the occasion of the 800 years since Saint Francis came to Acre and Damietta. The last paper is a research carried out at the Archives of the Holy Land Custody on the figure of a Maltese lay brother who worked in the Holy Land during the first half of the 20th century, namely Fra Elija Grech from the village of Mellieħa, and who was sacristan in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. The paper also recounts the events that unfolded on 4 April 1901, when a group of Greek Orthodox monks attacked the Franciscan friars in the courtyard of the Basilica.
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