2016: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi: Patron of Italy
Since 1939, when Pope Pius XII named St. Francis of Assisi the Patron of Italy, each year a different Italian region makes a pilgrimage to Assisi on the Solemnity of the Saint's passing offering a gift of oil for the lamp that burns day and night in the Crypt/Tomb of the Papal Basilica dedicated to him. This symbolic gesture represents a tribute to the perennial light of the values that St. Francis, after eight centuries, continues to proclaim and which man and society continue to search for.
In 2016 the Piedmont Region will make this pilgrimage to Assisi. This year this event takes on more importance since it is the Jubilee of Mercy and the 800th Anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi.
The Franciscan Friars of Umbria with the Franciscan Movement, invite all to prepare in a special way for the Feast October 3-4 by deepening the experience of St. Francis, his charisma and spirituality in their lives.
Many of these places are now sanctuaries where the grace of God has been manifested in a special way to St. Francis of Assisi and still speak to the heart of every man. Click here for a short bibliography of the places and the Franciscan Shrines in Assisi and in Umbria.
For further information from the Umbria Franciscan Movement send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLick here to download the letter in Italian of Umbria Franciscan Movement of Piedmont.