Jubilee 2025, tomorrow sees the eighth stage of the "In Cammino" pilgrimage to Rome

01 July 2024

Tomorrow, Tuesday 2 July 2024, the special "In Cammino" pilgrimage, now at its eighth stage, will stop at the Chiaravalle della Colomba Abbey in Alseno, in the Italian province of Piacenza.

A year after the start of the pilgrimage, which is being run in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee, and which set off from the English city of Canterbury in July 2023, the journey will follow the Via Francigena, to reach the abbey in northern Italy founded by Saint Bernard. The name Chiaravalle della Colomba comes from the legend that a white dove placed straws on the ground to indicate to the Cistercian monks the perimeter of the building to be founded.

On 2 July, in the Chapter Hall of the Abbey participants will focus on the word "Food" over three sessions. In the morning, at 11 am, there will be a conference “Pan del li Angeli (Dante): cultivating bread”, chaired by Livia Pomodoro, the creator of the Exhibition. In the afternoon, at 5 pm, there will be a meeting on the theme "Food, nourishment for body and soul" in the Chapter House, with the participation of Father Silvestro Buttarazzi, Bishop Franco Maria Giuseppe Agnesi, auxiliary bishop of Milan, and Francesca Rigotti, the philosopher and essayist. And at the end of the day, at 7 pm, there will be a concert by Mariangela Bettanini and Archimia, with a repertoire that will range from Bach to Michael Jackson.

“We were surprised and enchanted by the singular beauty of Chiaravalle della Colomba,” said Ms Pomodoro, President of the Spazio Teatro No'hma in Milan. “It is an austere but harmonious beauty that met us as soon as we crossed the entrance to the abbey complex, inside which history seems to come to a halt. In this timeless place we will talk about an essential theme for today's world: the human right to food and nourishment for both body and spirit."

The modern pilgrimage "In cammino – the Abbeys of Europe" has been running since 2023 and will finish in 2025, the year of the Jubilee, having crossed Europe, reaching seven nations (England, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy) and 14 of the most prestigious abbeys of the continent, many of which are UNESCO heritage sites.


Full info at: https://www.in-cammino.eu/chiaravalle-della-colomba/