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November 17, 2014
12:00 pm

Conference: FRATE FRANCESCO: Traces, Words, Images

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street
10011 New York, NY
United States

On the occasion of the exhibition Friar Francis: Traces, Words and Images held at the United Nations from November 17-28, 2014.


The exhibition was born of the desire to know and to get to know the man, Francis, through ancient testimonies, unique and valuable, not normally accessible to the public: the Franciscan manuscripts, preserved by the Library of the Sacred Convent of Assisi are exhibited to reflect the "spirit of Assisi" in a multi-religious society. The message of Francis and his spirituals commitment, nourished by brotherhood and humility, underline his choice to side with the poor and the marginalized.
His words, for centuries, question the conscience of the people beyond their religious belief. His great humanity serves as a model of ethics and social relations.


Stefano Albertini, NYU

Mons. Bernardito Auza, Permanent observer of the Holy See to the UN
Claudio Ricci, Mayor of Assisi
Padre Mauro Gambetti, Superintendent of Sacro Convento
Comm. Stefano Acunto, NYU Trustee

Francis, the Friars Minor and the Apostolic See
Prof. Stefano Brufani, Università degli studi di Perugia


A "Saint of paper": the "problem" of Francis of Assisi's biographies
Prof. Felice Accrocca, Pontificia Università Gregoriana

From history to the image: Francis in the pictorial cycles of the Assisi Basilica
Prof. Donal Cooper, Università di Warwick (UK)


The relevance of Francis
Padre Enzo Fortunato, P.R. Director of the Sacro Convento di Assisi


Mons. O'Malley