In the bookstore, beginning on February 27, 2018, you will find "Francesco il Ribelle" (Francis the Rebel) , the latest book by Father Enzo Fortunato, director of the Sala Stampa (Press Room) of the Sacred Convent of Assisi. The book constitutes a new biography of Saint Francis of Assisi, with a preface by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.The text will be officially presented on Saturday, March 10th at 5pm in the Papal Hall of the Sacred Convent. Present at the presentation will be: Lucia Annunziata, writer, journalist and TV presenter; Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia and President of the CEI; and Andrea Montanari, journalist and director of TG1.Fortunato, Enzo, "Francesco the rebel: The language, Gestures and the Places of a Man who Marked the Course of History", Mondadori, 2018, 136 pp.

Lent begins with the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.  All of the liturgies during Lent are intended to prepare us for the celebration of Easter, either as Catechumens preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation for the first time, or as members of the faithful, already fully initiated, yet preparing to renew our baptismal promises and seeking to fortify the grace of the sacraments already received. The sacrament of Penance accompanies us in this quest.The following are the principal moments of prayer that will be held in the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi this Lenten Season.

‘Forty Hours’ Devotion:
26th, 27th & 28th of February
3.00 pm in the Chapel of St. Catherine: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and time for silent personal adoration.
5.00 pm: Benediction and Reposition. Eucharistic celebration (Mass) to follow.
Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th at 6.30 pm: Evening Prayer, accompanied by Lectio Divino (26th) and Silent Reflection (27th).

The Fridays of Lent:
«CORDA PIA». Memory of the Passion of Christ and of the Stigmata of St. Francis
16th & 23rd of February and 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd of March at 6.30 pm.

The Saturdays of Lent:
«SACRAE PASSIONIS CONCENTUS». Musical Spiritual Inspiration for the Season of Lent. Provided by the ‘Capella Musicale’ of the Basilica (Basilica Choir)
03rd, 10th & 17th of March at 6.00 pm in the lower church.

A chant will follow Vespers each evening. All the principal celebrations will be broadcast live on and on To download the program click here.

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