Eighth Centenary of the Franciscan Protomartyrs

In 1220 the Friars Minor Berardo da Calvi, Accursio and Adiuto da Narni, Ottone da Stroncone and Pietro da San Gemini were killed in Morocco. At the sight of their torn bodies, the Augustinian Canon Fernando da Lisbon decided to put on the Franciscan habit taking the name Anthony, with which he is venerated today as a saint not only in Padua but all over the world.

Eight hundred years later, the diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia and the Franciscan order intend to celebrate this anniversary: it offers many aspects that address issues and challenges of today. For example, it recalls the importance of combining love and sacrifice if the first is not to remain elusive and the second unproductive. Similarly, the life of the martyrs recalls the Christian’s way of life and that of every person who is called to live in gratitude; gratitude which is then expressed in spontaneous self-giving to one’s brothers and sisters.

This centenary is an opportunity to rediscover and appreciate the historical, artistic, social and landscape heritage of southern Umbria with a view to a much needed spiritual, cultural and humanitarian rebirth.

The various initiatives of this year will be announced on Facebook at facebook.com/Centenario-Protomartiri-francescani