reflection in Assisi

On 12 October, The Climate Pilgrimage arrived in Assisi, Italy, the city of St. Francis. While there, pilgrims prayed together and walked the hills beloved by St. Francis. Although beautiful, the hills’ steep incline did present some challenges. As one pilgrim said, “the mountain paths were, for me, hard on my knees, which required attention” that evening.

walking together

The narrow streets of old Assisi seem to echo with the conservations of centuries. Walking offers an opportunity to disconnect from devices, to share time with those around us, even to be quiet. As Pope Francis says, “when media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously.” (Laudato Si’ 47)

pilgrims with Bishop Domenico Sorrentino

The pilgrims spent time with Bishop Domenico Sorrentino, who is deeply devoted to care for creation. His diocese has divested from fossil fuels, and Bp. Sorrentino said that “Divesting from fossil fuels and making new investments in clean energy sources is our way of following St. Francis’s example.”

the basilica