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Pope Francis prays outside the Porziuncola, the chapel inside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, in Assisi, Aug. 4.

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Pope Francis prays at Assisi
August 9th, 2016
By Vatican Radio

Assisi, Italy – Pope Francis made a private pilgrimage to Assisi Aug. 4. The visit commemorated the 800th anniversary of what is called “Pardon of Assisi.” The Porziuncola is a small chapel housed inside the town’s Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels which St. Francis of Assisi restored and where he founded the Franciscan order at the start of the 13th century.

Pope Francis previously visited Assisi on the feast day of the Italian saint, his namesake, on Oct. 4, 2013.

The “Pardon of Assisi” allows the possibility to receive a plenary indulgence during the first two days of August. The tradition began after the saint received a divine vision and asked God to grant an indulgence to all repentent pilgrims who visit the church.

The pope arrived by helicopter in Assisi and was driven to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels where he prayed for 10 minutes inside the Porziuncola chapel also offering a brief homily to bystanders.

From August 11, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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