The Assisi Peace March

April 23, 2010 / Events
Perugia & Assisi, Umbria

peacemarch1The March for Peace starts in the center of Perugia, capital city of Umbria, and proceeds to Assisi, the City of Peace, about 18 miles away. People of all ages and nationalities, lay and religious representatives and organizations from all over Italy and around the world walk side by side to the highest point in Assisi for a peaceful demonstration at the Rocca Maggiore, the ruined castle that overlooks the Basilica of St. Francis and the city below.

peacemarch2Draped in and carrying flags and signs the marchers quietly voice their opposition to war and seek an end to poverty, hunger and injustice in a world where there is still more wealth than we can even comprehend.

What could be more fitting than supporting the message of peace in the very same context and setting that St.Francis of Assisi did eight centuries ago?

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be sure to have it even more fully in your heart.”
St. Francis of Assisi

The 2010 Peace March from Perugia to Assisi is planned for Sunday, May 16. Take a look at La Tavola delle pace, the organization planning this event.

In 2005 Bob and I had the privilege of being in Assisi for the Marcia per la Pace. When we approached the Basilica a group of young people had hung an enormous peace flag from the wall where steps lead to a view of Assisi and added our names to the banner. We wrote, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me” and “What have you added to the world today?” It was an emotional moment for us, and one that we will never forget.

Rosemary and Bob Connelly

by Rosemary and Bob Connelly

Artists who fulfilled their dream to “Live Cheap and Make Art” in Italy. Their website showcases their watercolors and photographs.

9 Responses to “The Assisi Peace March”

  1. Gailena Sirana

    with all the DVD’s in this world…, just beautiful! would love a DVD of this march.

  2. One of the many things I enjoyed about this day was seeing that almost every Comune or Citta participated and flew their banner proudly. I can’t imagine a city or town in America taking such a brave stand as an official act of government. Bravo Italia!

  3. Susan Gesslein

    This should be publicized by the US media. What a wonderful expression of hope for the world!

  4. Gian Banchero

    “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”!!!! Beautiful words, words that all should start their day with, I know I will. Thank you for the article and photos… and Pax.

  5. Rosemary, I remember that day. It was very moving to see all the people of all ages walking up to Assisi with banners and signs. If only everyone felt the same way…What a beautiful world this would be.
    Grande Bacci, Nedra

  6. Helen Ruchti

    “Pace e bene a tutti!”, the Franciscan blessing, has been said for eight centuries by the followers of Francis; peace and good will to all! Young Francis Bernadoni fought in a war between Assisi and Perugia, was captured and imprisoned, and decided war was not the way to solve the problems of mankind. Just the thought of visits to Assisi fill me with a sense of peace. A peace march in Assisi! How appropriate.

  7. I remember walking the 18 miles from Perugia to Assisi in 1985! I am curious to know how many people participated back then compared to the huge numbers now. The Peace March should definitely be a story worth reading/hearing in the international news media!

  8. The Perugia Assisi March is actually helping Eni get away with murder. Eni, the largest oil company in Libya and Italian, has just renegotiated its oil contracts with “Libya.” Before, the profits flowed to the Libyan nationalized oil company and back out to the people–giving Libyans the highest living standard in Africa. Now, Eni wants the war stopped because it got what it wants! Now, Libya’s oil is being given away to Italian oil oligarchy elites. Is the Peace Movement going to help?

    On May 31. 2011, Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini opened Italy‚Äôs consulate in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Tuesday and pledged financial support for the rebels who are seeking to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi and laid the groundwork for Eni’s new contracts.

    On September 12, 2011, Eni Energy Company CEO Paolo Scaroni went to Tripoli with a delegation to meet with top level officials of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) and the Libyan National Oil Company and signed new contracts.

    The new contracts take Libyan oil profits from Libya to Italy, decimate the previously strong environmental protections, and were signed for a song. Yes, Italy funds a new “government” in Italy with very little popular support. Italian newspapers go along with it. And when Eni has their contract, the Italian government “wants peace.”

    These are public documents, people. Let’s not help Eni get away with murder in Libya. Italy can’t steal Libya’s oil. Imperialism and regime change for profit are evil!


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