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Details Released About Pope Francis' Private Visit to Assisi in August

Visit Is to Celebrate 800th Anniversary of the ‘Pardon of Assisi’

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Pope Francis will make a private visit to the Italian hill town of Assisi next month.
Earlier this month, the Franciscans and Bishop of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino, announced the that Pope will make an afternoon visit on August 4th to the Porziuncola inside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in the Umbrian town.

The reason for Francis’ visit is to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the «Pardon of Assisi.»
Since then, the Franciscans have given a schedule, announcing more details, reports Vatican Radio.

According to the Franciscan order’s local website, Francis will arrive in Assisi by helicopter at 3:40pm. At 4pm, he will arrive at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels, inside which the small Porziuncola chapel is located. There, he will take a moment of silent prayer in the chapel, before offering a reflection on the Gospel of Matthew 18:21-35.
Following this reflection, the Pope will meet with Franciscan bishops and superiors, and then will greet pilgrims gathered in the piazza outside the basilica.
At 6 p.m., the Pope will be taken by car to the Migaghelli sports field, before traveling back to the Vatican via helicopter.
Over the course of his short visit, the Pope will be received by several local religious authorities, including Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino of Assisi-Nocera, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor Fr Michael Anthony Perry, and provincial minister of the Friars Minor of Umbria, Fr Claudio Durighetto.
On the NET:
Local Website of the Franciscan Order:  http://www.assisiofm.it/papa-francesco-alla-porziuncola-72473-1.html

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