Day 5 – Rome & Assisi Pilgrimage

Wednesday April 22

day 5

Below is a video of Pope Francis’ General Audience this morning.  Click here for his address in English.

This afternoon our pilgrims travel from Pope Francis in Rome to St. Francis in Assisi.

They will be staying at Hotel San Pietro, in the most medieval part of Assisi, just steps from the Basilica of St. Francis.

Our pilgrims will finish the day with Evening Prayer near the Basilica of St. Francis.  Pope Gregory IX laid the first stone of the Lower Basilica the day after the canonization of St Francis, on July 17th 1228. Two years later the saint’s body, that had been resting in the church of San Giorgio (the future church of St Claire’s) was brought here in secret for fear of looting by tomb raiders and buried in the unfinished church. No date has been recorded concerning the start of works on the Upper Basilica, but it must have been after the abdication from the order of Brother Elia in 1239, who had hitherto directed the works on the Romanesque Lower Basilica.  To read more click here.

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Lord Jesus, be with our pilgrims as they explore the town where your servant St. Francis grew up.  May they too feel called to ‘rebuild’ your Church as you called Francis so many years ago.  Amen.

St. Francis, pray for us.