Today, the 4th of October, the High Mass in the Latin parish of San Salvatore in Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, whose charisma has resided in the Holy Land for eight centuries.

In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, “Saint Francis was an alter Christus, a living icon of Jesus, who loved him intensely and who imitated all his virtues, especially his interior and exterior poverty and his profound humility. His simplicity, his humility, his faith, his love for Christ, his kindness towards every man and every woman, his love for all of God’s creatures brought him gladness in every circumstance.

Our undertakings in the Holy Land, which he himself visited as a messenger of peace and love, are inspired by his charisma and his work.

ATS pro Terra Sancta wish you all a happy Feast of St. Francis!