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In the footsteps
of Saint Francis

· The Holy Father makes a private visit to Carsoli and Borgo San Pietro ·

On Tuesday morning, 9 August, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the Convent of St Francis in Carsoli in the province of L'Aquila. He then went to the Convent of St Philippa Mareri in Borgo San Pietro, located in Petrella Salto, Rieti. On this spiritual journey in the footsteps of St Francis, the Pope was welcomed and accompanied by Bishop Domenico Pompili of Rieti.

The Convent in Carsoli that the Holy Father first visited dates back to the time of St Francis. He met with the Benedictine Sisters of Reparation of the Holy Face of Our Lord Jesus Christ and where he celebrated Mass. Later that afternoon, Francis went to pray at the Shrine of Borgo San Pietro, where the body of St Philippa Mareri is buried. Here the Pope met with the community of Franciscan Sisters, and he shared a reflection on the beauty and importance of the mission of consecrated women in the Church.

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