On the occasion of the eighth centenary of the “Pardon of Assisi”, Pope Francis has flown to Umbria for a spiritual visit to the Papal Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. A journey that, as the Pope pointed out himself, “will be very humble, but at the same time a very significant pilgrimage this Holy Year of Mercy. I ask everyone to accompany me with prayer, invoking the light and the strength of the Holy Spirit and the heavenly intercession of St. Francis.”
The Pope’s helicopter had taken off at 3 p.m. heading towards Assisi, where it has landed about 40 minutes after, on the sports ground “Migaghelli” in Santa Maria degli Angeli. S.E. Msgr. Domenico Sorrentino, Archbishop-Bishop of Assisi – Nocera Umbra – Gualdo Tadino, Catiuscia Marini, President of the Umbria Region, Raffaele Cannizzaro, Prefect of Perugia and the mayor of Assisi, Stefania Proietti were there, attending Pope Francis’ arrival.
After a short transfer by car to reach the Basilica, the Pope will meet Fr. Michael Anthony Perry, Minister General of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, together with Fr. Claudio Durighetto, Provincial Minister, and P. Rosario Gugliotta, Keeper of the Portiuncula. Francis will stop at the Basilica for a moment of silent prayer inside the Portiuncula and for a few minutes of meditation.
Once Bergoglio reaches the Convent, he will greet the Bishops present there and the Superior General of the Franciscan Orders. Besides, in the infirmary, he will meet the religious men who are sick and their assistants. At the end of the visit, the Pope will meet and greet the faithful in the square of the Basilica of Assisi.
The Pope’s departure is planned at 6 p.m. He will land in Rome, at the Vatican heliport, at 7 p.m.