In the USA, we celebrate St. Francis by blessing our pets, but that isn’t how they do it in Assisi. In Assisi, the magistrates from all over Italy gather in the city hall of Assisi and sign a document, Pac di Civile, promising to work together in peace. This is an ancient remembrance of when St. Francis orchestrated peace between the wealthy and the not so wealthy. Those who had no land had been highly and unjustly taxed by the rich. St. Francis negotiated a just agreement.
Afterwards there is a parade to the Basilica for mass. Then someone important, usually the prime minister or occasionally the Pope, speaks to the crowd in the courtyard.
My new book, St. Francis and the Christian Life, which uses the stories of St. Francis’ life to illustrate the Epistle to the Galatians, will be published soon! I am so excited about this book!! I will let you know when it is available.
Below are links to live webcams of the main square in Assisi and the lower courtyard of the Basilica. By the time you see this, the festivities of the day may have already completed due to the time differences.
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