The first missionary religious congregation for women in the history of the Church and the world is the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary founded in 1877 by BL. Mary of the Passion, now in the 143rd year of its course.

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Mind of successive Popes “against slavery and in the civil rights movement”.

The speech on 28 August 1963 – 57 years ago" I Have a dream”,  has its roots in the Gospel and in the liberating power of God's love, and is supported by successive popes.

Pope St. Paul VI   April 4, 1968
The Pope prayed that this crime might “take on the value of sacrifice. Not hatred, not vengeance. A new gulf between citizens of the same great and noble land should not be deepened,” he warned. “Rather, a new common purpose of forgiveness, peace, reconciliation, in the equality of free and just rights, should replace the current unjust discrimination and struggles. Our pain becomes greater and more fearful because of the violent and disorderly reactions that his sad death has provoked. But our hope also grows as we see that in responsible corners and from healthy hearts grows the desire and the commitment to draw from the iniquitous killing of Martin Luther King an effective overcoming of racial struggles, in hopes of establishing laws and methods of coexistence more in conformity with modern civilization and Christian brotherhood."

 Pope St.John paul II 0n 12 September 1987,in New Orleans 
“In the most difficult hours of your struggle for civil rights amidst discrimination and oppression”, he emphasized, “God himself guided your steps along the way of peace. Before the witness of history, the response of non-violence stands, in the memory of this nation, as a monument of honour to the black community of the United States.”
John Paul II spoke of the “providential role” played by Martin Luther King Jr “in contributing to the rightful human betterment of black Americans and therefore to the improvement of American society itself.” Like Paul VI he found a particular affinity with the Christian vision of human brotherhood incarnated by the Pastor from Atlanta who believed, up to point of the ultimate sacrifice, in the liberating action of faith in Christ.


 Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI on 16 April 2008
This vision was also referenced by Benedict XVI who, in the welcoming ceremony in Washington on 16 April 2008, stressed that faith in God has been “a constant inspiration and driving force” in the struggle led by Martin Luther King Jr “against slavery and in the civil rights movement”.

Pope Francis addressed the United States Congress 2015

On Capitol Hill, Pope Francis delivered a speech on the spirit of the United States, noting that “A nation can be considered great when (...) it fosters a culture which enables people to ‘dream’ of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King Jr sought to do”. For the Pope, that “dream continues to inspire us all” because awakens “what is deepest and truest in the life of a people”. And, as he has done on many other occasions, he emphasized that these kinds of dreams are not an end in themselves but “lead to action, to participation, to commitment.”..., “nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”

        Pope Francis: No tolerance for racism, but without violence
Pope Francis spoke at the General Audience about the protests in the United States following the killing of George Floyd, saying we cannot claim to defend the sacredness of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion.

                            Let us strive, believe, achieve and enjoy freedom