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Perdonanza Celestiniana

Celestine V:
Coming back from Lyon, where he got the acknowledgment of the Holy Spirit's Brothers Order, Brother Peter from Morrone, in the early months of 1275, stayed overnight in L'Aquila. It is told that Our Lady appeared to him in dream, ordering him to build in Her honour a basilica on Colle di Maggio (i.e. a hill in L'Aquila.


(Pardoning of Celestine V)
L'Aquila, 700 mt
- The "Perdonanza Celestiniana"
(The Pardoning of Celestine V):

On 28 August a historical procession goes through the town carrying the Pardon Bull, an original document kept in the Municipial Tower, up to the Basilica of St Maria di Collemaggio, where the "Porta Santa" (the Holy Pardon Door)is opened by a Cardinal as an "Apostolic Legate".
The Pardon Bull grants anyone entering the Basilica of St Maria di Collemaggio, confessed and truly repented, from vespers on 28 August to vespers on 29 August, absolution from all sins.
L'Aquila is, together with Rome, the only town in the world enjoying the privilege to open the Holy Door every year.
On the days before the "Perdonanza Celestiniana", performances, concerts, art and handicraft exhibitions and several cultural and entertainment activities are organized in the town.



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