“On the occasion of the reopening, after 800 years, of the door of the Sanctuary of the Spoliation, where St. Francis of Assisi renounced his possessions and stripped of his clothes, I assure my spiritual closeness and, invoking the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of heart I impart my blessing to all who will take part in the sacred rite “: this is the letter that Pope Francis wrote to the bishop of Assisi, Msgr. Domenico in Sorrentino, on the occasion of the reopening of the door in the ancient Vescovado. Letter that was read on the occasion of the reopening ceremony of the ancient door in the basement of the Bishopric of Assisi.

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