Jun 17, 2007 - 12:28 pm .- The Holy Father noted that Assisi, eight centuries ago, “could harldly have imagined the role which Providence had assigned it.” It is the event which the Holy Father celebrated in Assisi today that gave it that role: the conversion of St. Francis. “After twenty five years of a mediocre and ‘dreaming’ life, stamped by the search for worldly joys and vanities, he opened himself to grace, entered within himself, and gradually recognised in Christ the ideal for his life”, the Pope said.
Jun 17, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- The Holy Father celebrated mass today, robed in green vestments and a large white pallium, in the plaza in front of the Basilica of St. Francis, in Assisi. The Pope’s message to the civil officials, priests, nuns, and many pilgrims was that they will find themselves according to the measure that they give themselves to God. The Pope celebrated the 800 year anniversary of the conversion of St. Francis, and he used this event to speak about personal conversion in his homily. The Word of God today, the Holy Father noted, offers us “three converted figures.”