Posts Tagged ‘Assisi’

Pope to attend final day of meeting of religious leaders aimed at promoting dialogue and peace

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Pope Francis will return to Assisi next month for the closing day of a gathering of religious leaders, aimed at promoting dialogue and peace. It will be his second visit to the birthplace of his namesake in two months, after his ‘private pilgrimage’to Assisi’s Porziuncula Chapel on 4 August. The upcoming visit will form part Read more

Pope: Imitate St Francis by stripping away worldliness

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

On a pilgrimage to Assisi, Pope Francis has called on all Christians and the whole Church to imitate St Francis by embracing poverty and stripping away worldly attitudes. “A Christian cannot coexist with the spirit of the world,” he said, speaking in a room of the Assisi archbishop’s residence where St Francis shed himself of Read more

The life of Pope Francis’ namesake

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

At a time when the Catholic Church was sinking into opulence and pomposity, a powerful religious countercurrent formed in the High Middle Ages: beggar-monks like Francis of Assisi, who preached abstinence and humility. A profile of the religious leader who has become the new pope’s namesake. Editor’s note: After his election to the papacy this Read more

Assisi chapel restored after earthquake damage

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Fifteen years after it was damaged by an earthquake, the Chapel of St Nicholas in the lower Basilica of St Francis in Assisi is restored and open once again to the public. The restorers say they now have proof that the medieval master Giotto painted the frescoes in the Assisi chapel. Continue reading

SSPX protests ‘scandal’ of Assisi pilgrimage

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Leaders of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) have asked members to offer prayers of reparation for the “great scandal” of the peace pilgrimage to Assisi organized by Pope Benedict XVI. Father Arnaud Rostand, the American district superior of the SSPX, labelled the inter-religious event as “a direct attack against the first Commandment Read more

Assisi meeting of diverse religious leaders

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI joined Buddhist monks, Islamic scholars, Yoruba leaders and a handful of agnostics in making a communal call for peace Thursday, insisting that religion must never be used as a pretext for war or terrorism. Benedict welcomed some 300 leaders representing a rainbow of faiths to the hilltop Italian town of Assisi to Read more

Peace gathering to be held at Assisi includes atheists

Friday, October 21st, 2011

The Oct. 27 gathering of religious leaders in Assisi to discuss global peace will include four leading atheists, but will not include any common prayer. “It is an exercise of dialogue, and dialogue always respects the specific identity of the people, of individuals,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Read more

Religious Leaders to mark 25th anniversary of Assisi meeting

Friday, October 7th, 2011

To mark the 25th anniversary of Assisi meeting with religious leaders, called by Blessed John Paul II in 1986, Pope Benedict XVI has convoked a new gathering in the Italian town Oct. 27. Benedict and representatives of the world’s major religions will make speeches and sign a common commitment to peace when they meet in Assisi Read more