The Bishop of Assisi with the Franciscan Families and the entire Diocese,

the Mayor of Assisi with the public institutions and various associations of the City,

the Tavola della Pace (Table for Peace),Rete della Pace (Network for Peace),

invite you to:

A Day of Prayer and Reflection

for peace in SYRIA

Friday, April 27, 2018

In order that the weapons cease and the dialogue reopens

for this reason, with Franciscan humility, we feel authrorized to send an

Open letter to

António Gutierrez

Secretary-General of the United Nations

What has happened recently worries us a great deal. We have been powerless for many years in the face of the "slaughter of the innocent" that continues to occur in Syria, a paradigmatic conflict of war carried out for personal interest, money, resources, and the domination of others. The sufferings and the grief that international bodies such as the World Health Organization have documented in

Ghouta and Douma strongly challenge our consciences and forbid us to remain indifferent and silent in the face of such great hatred, which only destroys life, especially the lives of the littlest ones who pay the greatest price.

We want to give voice to the pain of the many victims, especially children, that clamors for 
pity and peace; at the same time we are asking for an end to the conflict between the parties that seems to know only the path of violence, employing conventional weapons or even those banned by
international treaties. On the basis of this same international jurisprudence, as well as the faith that animates us, we believe that the violence can not be stemmed by further interventions that only cause an escalation of the armed conflict and are certainly not in the interests of justice and the protection of the innocent.
 
The city of Assisi, which has as its vocation the promotion of peace and has been in the past a protagonist for fraternal gestures, yet again desires to serve as an instrument of peace. Assisi wishes to offer hospitality within its own sacred space, which resounds with Franciscan humility, for encounters of mediation in order to foster a dialogue among all the parties involved in the Syrian conflict, hoping t end the atrocious sufferings to which so many defenseless citizens have been subjected for so long.
 
We address you, Secretary General Gutierrez, in order to overcome the ‘logic of the veto’ and thus ensure the presence of important UN personnel on this territory concerned with the protection ofpopulations, the access to humanitarian aid, and especially the welfare of children.
 
We wish to inform you that on the 27th of every month the ecclesial community of Assisi proposes to believers of every faith to gather in prayer in order to ask for the gift of peace, in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi who offered to each person he met the invocation: "May the Lord give you peace". This monthly initiative is an echo of what Saint John Paul II proposed on October 27, 1986, when he convened in Assisi the representatives of the world's religions. That event did not remain 
 
On April 27th the communities will gather in Assisi and in many other parts of the world to implore the gift of peace from the one God, for SYRIA and for the many other areas of conflict in the world. We trust that all humanity shares in this desire for peace and brotherhood. With profound gratitude and also grateful for what we wish to accomplish, we give you a cordial greeting of ‘peace and every good’ from the City of St. Francis and St. Clare, witnesses and makers of of peace still today. 
 
 
Domenico Sorrentino                                                                                        Stefania Proietti
Bishop                                                                                                               Mayor                                                                                                                                          
 
 
 

Mauro Gambetti, Custode del Sacro Convento OFMConv

Claudio Durighetto, Ministro Provinciale OFM Matteo Siro,

Ministro Provinciale OFMCapp Angelo Gentile,

Ministro Provinciale T.O.R. Ivana Stella,

Ministro regionale OFS Le sorelle Clarisse di Assisi Tonio dell’Olio,

Presidente della Pro-Civitate Christiana e della Commissione “Spirito di Assisi”

Flavio Lotti, Tavola della Pace Sergio Bassoli, Rete della Pace

Assisi 14 aprile 2018

On Tuesday, April 10th the "Terre Moti" (earthquakes) exhibition was inaugurated at the Basilica of Saint Francis. The exhibition was designed to provide an opportunity to reflect together on seismic activity and the prevention of its damage, and how to make the lives of those living in territories like Umbria, particularly susceptible to seismic events, more secure. Catiuscia Marini, President of the Region of Umbria, and Paolo Rocchi, architect, university professor, as well as curator of the new exhibit, attended the inauguration. The exhibition was designed by Studio Rocchi and can be found in the Cloister of Sixtus IV, continguous to and behind the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi.  The exhibit will remain open until October 2018. The exhibit offers a series of panels, containing photos and explanatory texts in Italian, along with a short video presentation.

Program of celebrations


25 March: Palm Sunday and the "Passion of the Lord"
07.30 - 09.00 - 17.00 - 18.30: SS. Masses, Lower Church
10.00 Mass in English: Romanesque Chapel
10.30: Upper Church, Holy Mass preceded by the Commemoration of the entrance of Jesus into
Jerusalem and from the Procession beginning at 10.00 from the Lower Church
12.00: Holy Mass, Upper Church
6.00 pm: Solemn Vespers, Lower Church

26 - 27 - 28 March: Monday, Tuesday and Holy Wednesday
06.30: Office of Morning Readings and Lectures
07.15 - 09.00 - 11.00 - 18.00: SS. Masses, Lower Church

March 29: Holy Thursday
07.30: Office of Morning Readings and Lauds, Lower Church
17.00: Holy Mass in the "Lord's Supper", Lower Church
21.00 - 23.00: Eucharistic Adoration, Lower Church

March 30: Good Friday
07.30: Office of Morning Readings and Lauds, Lower Church
08.30: Arrival of the "Dead Christ" procession from the Cathedral
15.30: Liturgical action of the Passion of the Lord, lower Church
8.30 pm: Departure of the "Dead Christ" procession towards the Cathedral

March 31: Holy Saturday
07.30: Office of Morning Readings and Lauds, Lower Church
22.30, Piazzale della Chiesa Inferior: Solemn beginning of the Vigil with the blessing of the fire and the
procession to the Basilica for the EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT. Presidents S. Em. Card.
Agostino Vallini, Pontifical Legate for the Basilicas of Assisi.

1 April: Easter Sunday
07.30 - 09.00 - 17.00 - 18.30: SS. Masses, Lower Church
10.00: Mass in English, Romanesque Chapel
10.30: Holy Mass "In Cappella Papale", Upper Church
12.00: Holy Mass, Upper Church

The Basilica is closed from 13.00 to 14.30

6.00 pm: Solemn Vespers, Lower Church
02 April: Easter Monday
7.30 - 9.00 - 10.30 - 12.00 - 17.00 - 18.30: SS. Masses, Lower ChurchThe Confessions are in the lower Church at the Chapel of Reconciliation.
Weekdays: 7.30 - 12.30 / 15.00 - 19.00
Holidays: 7.00am - 1.00pm / 2.30pm - 7.15pm

During the liturgical celebrations of Thursday and Good Friday and Easter Vigil, the confessions are suspended, to allow the friars to participate.

The songs of the main liturgical celebrations of Holy Week and Easter are performed by the Music Chapel of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis.

Recall that the Upper Basilica remains closed Thursday, March 29 from 16.30 onwards and Friday 30 from 15.00 onwards, to encourage the participation of pilgrims and those present in Assisi in those days liturgical celebrations.


We also recall that from Thursday, March 29th to Monday, April 2nd, including guided tours in the Basilicas are suspended for the planned celebrations.Information and live streaming of the main celebrations on www.sanfrancescoassisi.org and www.sanfrancesco.org

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