Portsmouth Diocese E-News

Walking in Rome and Assisi

 

9th October 2017

 

Fr Tom Grufferty writes...

 

As a result of being in Rome and Assisi in 2016, I advertised a nine day Pilgrimage in Portsmouth People late last year. I was surprised at the response and I had to close bookings down when we reached 25 people wishing to make the pilgrimage.

 

Walking in Rome is the only way to see the Eternal City. We saw most of the major sights including a super guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Every time I visit this wonderful place I pick some aspect or room as my favourite. On this occasion I opted for the corridor of tapestries. On our last day in Rome Fr. James McAuley gave us a very enlightened introduction to the English College and its history. The photo is taken in the garden which is a haven of peace in a very busy part of Rome.

 

We arrived in Assisi on October 3rd which is actually the day St. Francis died in 1226.

 

The whole hilltop town was busy with religious, cultural and civic events on the feast day of the great saint. We were joined by Maureen and Stuart Thompson from Emsworth and also MGR. Peter Ryan and his cousin Margaret who also live in the Diocese.

 

Assisi is always an inspiration mainly due to the architecture, the climate but mostly due to St. Francis and St. Clare whose influences still pervade the walls and churches of the ancient city.

 

Photos by Margaret Flint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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