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S+L BLOG: Assisi



Pope Francis visited Assisi for the anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi and called on Christians to be examples of forgiveness for the world. To set the example, Pope Francis decided to hear confessions in the Basilica. Plus, we have details on his meeting with Dominican Friars, and details on the commission studying women deacons. ...read more
At 3:40 pm this afternoon, Pope Francis left the Vatican from the heliport in the Vatican gardens to travel to Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi, on the occasion of the eighth centenary of the Pardon of Assisi. Upon landing on the sports field “Migaghelli” in Santa Maria degli Angeli, the Pope was welcomed by ...read more
Historically speaking, the church had to take root somewhere. When in the early 30’s AD Jesus of Nazareth was executed, rose from the dead and sent his Spirit to be with his little band of disciples, Rome was the dominant political and social player. Peter and Paul brought the faith to Rome before being executed ...read more
Perched on the side of a mountain in the central Italian province of Umbria is the historic town of Assisi, best known as the hometown of St. Francis, one of Christianity’s most revered saints. I’ve spoken to many visitors to Assisi over the past few years – especially since Cardinal Bergoglio was elected pope and ...read more
Following the mass in St. Francis Square yesterday, Pope Francis had lunch in the Caritas Soup Kitchen with a group of homeless persons and refugees living in the Caritas Centre, which aims to provide basic assistance to those who have nowhere else to go. He also spent a few moments of private prayer in the ...read more
    On the surface, it may appear that the theme of this week at the Vatican was “reform.” The Council of Cardinals appointed by the pope to help him study and find ways to fix the Roman Curia – among other things- met for the first time this week. The three days of meetings ...read more