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On Nov. 17, 2019, Pope Francis shared a free lunch with nearly 1,500 poor people invited to dine at the Vatican for the 3rd annual World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis to meet 500 poor in Assisi on Nov. 12

Oct 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The encounter will mark the Catholic Church’s 5th annual celebration of the World Day of the Poor. Read more

A detail from a poster marking the liturgical memorial of Bl. Carlo Acutis on Oct. 12, 2021.

Bishop: Ask Bl. Carlo Acutis on his feast day for a greater love for the Eucharist

Oct 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The blessed’s tomb has drawn more than 117,000 visitors. Read more

The tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in the Sanctuary of the Spoliation, part of Assisi’s Church of St. Mary Major.

Blessed Carlo Acutis: Permanent reopening of tomb postponed

Jul 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Visitors can still pray at the closed tomb in Assisi, Italy. Read more

Gino Bartali (1914-2000) competing in the 1938 Tour de France.

Catholic cycling champion who saved Jews during World War II honored in Assisi

May 5, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Gino Bartali helped to save more than 800 Jews from Nazi persecution. Read more

Giotto’s Nativity is projected on the facade of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Assisi in Advent: illuminated frescoes and a nurse in a nativity scene

Dec 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Assisi unveiled a nativity scene Tuesday made of 50 figurines of shepherds, angels, and barn animals with a new addition... Read more

Pope Francis signs his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, on the altar before the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 3, 2020. Photo

Pope Francis signs new encyclical ‘Fratelli tutti’ in Assisi

Oct 3, 2020

Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, Saturday during a visit to Assisi.  Read more

Carlo Acutis.

Carlo Acutis beatification will be a 17-day celebration in Assisi

Sep 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Assisi is celebrating the beatification of computer programming teen Carlo Acutis in October with more than two weeks of liturgies... Read more

Pope Francis pictured in St. Peter’s Square, March 29, 2017.

Pope Francis to release new encyclical on Oct. 4

Sep 16, 2020

Pope Francis will release his new encyclical Oct. 4, the Vatican announced Wednesday.   Read more

The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Aug. 2, 2020.

International pilgrims scarce as pandemic subsides in Italy

Aug 17, 2020

By Alan Holdren

As life returns to normal in Italy, Catholic pilgrimage destinations are celebrating feasts publicly again. But, there’s one thing glaringly... Read more

Monastery of Franciscan order in Assisi.

Franciscans of Assisi report 18 coronavirus cases

Aug 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

While Assisi was largely sheltered from a major coronavirus outbreak during Italy’s lockdown, ten Franciscan friars and eight novices at... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience Feb. 6, 2019.

Pope Francis invites young economists, entrepreneurs to Italy in 2020

May 11, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has personally invited young economists and entrepreneurs to join him in Assisi, Italy, in 2020, to discuss how... Read more

Pope Francis prays in Assisi's Porziuncola, Aug. 4, 2016.

Pope Francis praises Assisi's new 'sanctuary of renunciation'

Apr 17, 2017

Pope Francis on Sunday thanked Assisi's bishop for creating a shrine dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi's divestiture, when he... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in Assisi, Italy for the World Day of Prayer for Peace at the Sacred Convent, Sept. 20, 2016.

Peace requires us to do more than 'change the channel,' Pope Francis says

Sep 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

While in Assisi for an interreligious prayer gathering, Pope Francis cautioned against an indifference that ignores the suffering of others... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 3, 2016.

Pope Francis to visit Assisi again for interreligious summit

Aug 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

In September Pope Francis will make his second visit to Assisi in just two months for an interreligious summit for... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 3, 2016.

Will Pope Francis visit Assisi again this year? This imam says yes.

Aug 11, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

If a prominent imam is right, Pope Francis will visit Assisi Sept. 19 for a major international interreligious meeting.  Read more

Pope Francis prays in the Porziuncola in Assisi, Aug. 4, 2016.

At unplanned meeting, imam thanks Francis for his comments on Islam

Aug 5, 2016

During his visit to Assisi Thursday, Pope Francis had a brief, unscheduled meeting with the imam of Perugia, Abdel Qader... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Porziuncola in Assisi on Aug. 4, 2016.

Practicing forgiveness is our 'direct route' to heaven, Pope says

Aug 4, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The path to heaven is through forgiveness and pardon of those who have offended us, just as we have received... Read more

Pope Francis gives an address during Divine Liturgy in Etchmiadzin Armenia, June 26, 2016.

Pope to mark Franciscan feast day with pilgrimage to Assisi

Jul 5, 2016

On Monday, it was announced that Pope Francis will make a private pilgrimage to Assisi early next month to celebrate... Read more

The body of St. Clare of Assisi is entombed above the main altar in the Basilica at Assisi, Italy.

Faithful drawn by accessibility of St. Clare, basilica priest reflects

Aug 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Aug. 11 Feast of Saint Clare is an occasion for the people of Assisi to show their devotion to... Read more