About the Great Pardon of Assisi:
From the evening of August 1st until sundown on August 2nd each year, you may take part in the Great Pardon of Assisi.
Origin of the Great Pardon of Assisi:
When Jesus and the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Francis in the year 1216 in the tiny Portuincula (the chapel he built) Jesus asked Francis what he wanted for the salvation of souls. Francis humbly replied that he would like to obtain a plenary indulgence (elimination of temporal punishment due to sin) for all those who entered the Portuincula. who were truly contrite and had confessed their sins.
Up to this point in history there were only three such places to receive a plenary indulgence: the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, or the shrine of Saint James the Great in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Such journeys were beyond the reach of most people in Italy, where Saint Francis was, and that is why he made that specific request.
Jesus granted him this wish but stipulated he should first present his request to the Pope. He obtained approval from Pope Honorius III in 1216 and this came to be known as the Portuincula Indulgence, or the Great Pardon of Assisi.
You can obtain the Plenary Indulgence of Assisi by doing the following:
If you happen to be in Assisi on August 1st or 2nd, you can also earn this pardon for yourself or for any departed.
It is now possible to receive the indulgence at any church in Assisi as well as all Franciscan churches throughout the world when you meet the conditions as shown below.
There is some confusion…so be careful what you read on some websites. Some have stated your local parish church, that is not correct….it is actually any church in Assisi or any Franciscan church worldwide.
The conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi, as it is properly called, are as follows:
1. Sacramental Confession within 8 days either before or after visiting the Portuincuca or any Franciscan Church in Assisi or anywhere else in the world.
2. Participation in Holy Mass and Eucharist.
3. Recitation of the Apostles Creed, Our Father, and a prayer for the Holy Father’s intention.
The Portuincula is now inside the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels at the foot of the town of Assisi.
Almost all tours stop here either on the way to Assisi or upon leaving. The Basilica is immense and the Portuincula is actually inside the Basilica. As you can see here, it is quite small but open to visitors.