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Pope Francis to visit in L’Aquila the tomb of Celestine V, the first Pope to resign Sign up for our newsletter here: EWTN Vatican: From Rome to your Home - Sign Up Landing Page For the first time,…More
Pope Francis to visit in L’Aquila the tomb of Celestine V, the first Pope to resign
Sign up for our newsletter here: EWTN Vatican: From Rome to your Home - Sign Up Landing Page For the first time, a pontiff will open the Holy Door of the Basilica of Collemaggio in L'Aquila on the occasion of the Feast of Forgiveness. It will happen on August 28th, and making the gesture that will kick off the annual appointment with forgiveness will be precisely Pope Francis. Celestine V was the protagonist of a very short papacy: he resigned - a more unique than rare case in history for a pontiff - in December 1294, a few months after his election in the same year and died two years later.. Some followers of his order later purloined his mortal remains and brought them to L'Aquila's basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, where they still rest. He was canonized in 1313 with the name St. Peter Confessor. In those few months of his pontificate, Pope Celestine left the city of L'Aquila, but also the whole world, a legacy of extraordinary magnitude. At the end of September 1294, in fact, right from the basilica of Collemaggio, he issued a Bull by which he granted a plenary and universal indulgence to all humanity, without distinction. The Bull of St. Peter Celestine, which introduced the concepts of peace, solidarity and reconciliation, set only two conditions for obtaining forgiveness. Entering the basilica of Collemaggio within the time frame of the evenings of August 28th and 29th each year, and being "truly repentant and confessed." The Perdonanza Celestiniana has also been officially inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Also visiting the Basilica of Collemaggio, in recent times, were John Paul II, on August 30th, 1980, and Benedict XVI, on April 28th, 2009 a few days after the April 6th earthquake. Paying homage to Celestine V, Pope Ratzinger placed his own pallium on the shrine containing the pontiff's remains.