«I have decided to proclaim an Extraordinary Jubilee that is focused upon the Mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. I want to live in the light of the words of the Lord: Be merciful like the Father." (Pope Francis)

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, at First Vespers of the Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis made public the Bull of Proclamation of the Jubilee of Mercy: Misericordiae Vultus.

This Extraordinary Holy Year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the end of Vatican Council II and began on December 8, 2015 and will end on Sunday, November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King and the living face of the Merciful Father.

The Door of Mercy of St. Francis Basilica was opened Dicember 20 2015 , thus fulfilling the Pope's wish that the "extraordinary" not only be celebrated in Rome but also in all the churches of the world including the city St. Francis and the Basilica dedicated to him. In this way all the faithful could receive forgiveness and plenary indulgence connected with this extraordinary event.

This year is also the 800th Anniversary of St. Francis' request for the Pardon of Assisi by which pilgrims visiting the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi may recieve a Plenary Indulgence any day of the year.

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Brochure: Jubilee of Mercy at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi


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.

In collaboration with the Franciscan Movement of Umbria,  three pilgrimage proposals to visit Assisi

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: piemonteadassisi@gmail.com

CLick here to download the letter in Italian of Umbria Franciscan Movement of Piedmont.

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