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In this Year of Mercy, below are pictures from Italy as the Companions of St. James travel throughout Italy.
For the pictorial tour of the Companions of St. James Archdiocese of Cincinnati Pilgrimage to Italy (Part 2), Click Here

Awaiting the flight in Atlanta at Hartsfield International are Father Jan Schmidt, Father Timothy Fahey, and Father Eric Roush.
Awaiting the flight in Atlanta at Hartsfield International are Father Jan Schmidt, Father Timothy Fahey, and Father Eric Roush.
(Courtesy Photo)

 

Pilgrims arrive at the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria degli Angeli in Porzinucola, Assisi. (Courtesy Photo)
Pilgrims arrive at the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria degli Angeli in Porzinucola, Assisi. (Courtesy Photo)

 

The Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli is the seventh largest Christian church. Its magnificence may be at odds with the simplicity preached by St Francis himself but the flocks of pilgrims coming to visit the primitive Porziuncola chapel and the Cappella del Transito called for a building that was able to accomodate the faithful. The Porziuncola chapel was given to St Francis by the Benedictines, and is important because it was the initial nucleus from which the Franciscan order was born. The Cappella del Transito is the place where the saint died on October 4th 1226.

Archbishop Schnurr leads Companions of St. James on a Pilgrimage to Italy. (Courtesy Photo)
Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr leads Companions of St. James on a Pilgrimage to Italy. (Courtesy Photo)

 

Companions of St. James outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. (Courtesy Photo)
Companions of St. James outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. (Courtesy Photo)

The Papal Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor—commonly known as the Franciscan Order—in Assisi, a town of Umbria region in central Italy, where St. Francis was born and died. The basilica is one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy. With its accompanying friary, Sacro Convento, the basilica is a distinctive landmark to those approaching Assisi. The basilica, which was begun in 1228, is built into the side of a hill and comprises two churches known as the Upper Church and the Lower Church, and a crypt where the remains of the saint are interred.

The Papal Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi (Courtesy Photo)
The Papal Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi (Courtesy Photo)

 

Archbishop Schnurr and Pilgrims in Assisi at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Courtesy Photo)
Archbishop Schnurr and Pilgrims in Assisi at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Courtesy Photo)
Archbishop Schnurr presiding at Mass at the Tomb of St. Francis of Assisi (Courtesy Photo)
Archbishop Schnurr presiding at Mass at the Tomb of St. Francis of Assisi (Courtesy Photo)
View of Cortona Italy (Courtesy Photo)
View of Cortona Italy (Courtesy Photo)
Archbishop Schnurr with pilgrims as they arrive in Cortona Italy (Courtesy Photo)
Archbishop Schnurr with pilgrims as they arrive in Cortona Italy (Courtesy Photo)
Fr. Timothy Fahey takes in the view taking a few pictures of Cortona (Courtesy Photo)
Fr. Timothy Fahey takes in the view taking a few pictures of Cortona (Courtesy Photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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