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Fr Peter Damian Massengill, OFM Conv; HRH Princess Michael of Kent; The Hon Mrs Sara Morrison, Vice President Emeritus of WWF International; ARC Secretary-General Martin Palmer; and Sindaco Claudio Ricci, Mayor of Assisi commemorating Assisi, Italy, becoming a founder member of the Green Pilgrimage Network.

Assisi, Perugia, Italy

Father Peter Damian Massengill, OFM Conv, addresses the Sacred Land conference of the Green Pilgrimage Network in Assisis, November 2011.
A founding member of the Green Pilgrimage Network

Assisi is one of nine cities and 22 different organisations and faiths that joined as founding members of the Green Pilgrimage Network, launched at Assisi, Italy, during ARC's Sacred Land Celebration, October 31-Nov 2, 2011. The founder members from Assisi are:

  • The Franciscan Order in Assisi
  • The City of Assisi, Italy
  • The city of Assisi is, of course, associated with two important saints from the thirteenth century: Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Both are buried in Assisi and pilgrims come from all over the world to visit their tombs.

    Green Pilgrimage Actions

    Now the City of Assisi and the Franciscan Order plan to make Assisi a role model for Catholic pilgrim cities worldwide. They plan to:

  • Cut down on plastic water bottles;
  • encourage locally produced crafts using local materials;
  • develop environmental and spiritual packs for visiting school parties, pilgrims and tour parties;
  • organise nature tours for pilgrims, local people and tourists in forests and fields around the city.

    Useful links

    Assisi - Catholic Franciscan Green Pilgrimage Theology Statement

    Download the full Green Pilgrimage Network handbook here

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