‘Celestinian forgiveness’ with the Pope, opens Diodato and closes Baglioni

From 23 to 30 August in the Abruzzo capital, on 28 August the pontiff will open the Holy Door

It will be one ‘Celestinian Forgiveness’ extraordinary, because for the first time in the history of the Church the Holy DoorEagle will be opened by a pontiff, from Pope francesco expected in the capital of Abruzzo on 28 August, with the solemn mass and the recitation of the Angelus worldwide by Collemaggio Basilica. But the entire event, from 23 to 30 August, presents a rich program also from an artistic point of view, with a musical program that will open with Diodato and close with Claudio Baglioni.

Now in its 728th edition from what was the first Jubilee in history, as well as its 40th edition in the modern version, the ‘Celestinian Forgiveness’ – as illustrated by the mayor of L’Aquila Pierluigi Biondi president of the organizing committee – will have a ‘prologue’ on 19 August with the inauguration of the front staircase to the Holy Door which replaces the old escarpment, thanks to the use in record time of the funds of the PNRR but with some protests by the association environmentalist Italia Nostradeclassified by the mayor to “delayed-burst controversy” and to “time bomb placed when things go in a certain direction”.

The billboard, underlines the artistic director Leonardo De Amicis, this year sees the institution of the ‘Prize of Forgiveness’, which will also be awarded in each future edition to those who have shown “their commitment in favor of the weakest, in defense of rights and for the promotion of a dialogue between different cultures “. On 23 August the ‘Procession of the Bull of Forgiveness’ in the historic center of L’Aquila; on the 24th the special edition of the ‘Premio del Perdono’; on 25 August the Presentation of the Cross of Forgiveness and the Pastoral Care of Forgiveness; on 28 August the visit of Pope Francis and the opening of the Holy Door; on 29 August the closing of the Holy Door and the return procession of the Bull of Forgiveness.

The artistic program – for which a budget of 620,000 euros has been allocated – will open on August 23 at Collemaggio with the ‘Canto per la Rinascita’ conducted by Lorena Bianchetti, which will see the participation of Diodato, Roberto Vecchioni, Anna Foglietta, Daniele Pecci; on 24 August the Gran Gala of international Etoliles with Eleonora Abbagnato as testimonial; on 25 August ‘L’Aquila Suona’ with music, theater, dance and art events; on 26 August the concert in Piazza Duomo of Fabri Fibra; on August 30 the final evening with Claudio Baglioni and his concert, for which the evocative title of ‘Peace to us’ was chosen.

(from Enzo Bonaiuto)