For the first time since the earthquake in 2009 that practically destroyed the city of Aquila, the jubilee in honor of St. Celestine V was celebrated in the partially restored basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio.
The celebration took place on August 28, 2018, in the basilica founded in 1287 at the orders of Pietro da Morrone, the future pope Celestine V, who was crowned in 1294.
Santa Maria di Collemaggio, the most important religious monument of the city of Aquila, is the home of the world’s first Holy Door.
The jubilee lasts for 24 hours every year for the past 724 years, in memory of the first jubilee opened by Celestine V for his enthronement as pope on August 29, 1294, at the age of 85.
A few months later, in December, with a growing wave of criticism on his administration – and, according to some historians, under pressure from Benedetto Caetani who would become his successor and take the name Boniface VIII – Celestine V decided to resign from the See of Peter.
He died in 1296 and was canonized in 1313, and his remains lie in the basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio.
The edifice has been visited by several of Peter’s successors, including Benedict XVI (2005-2013), another pope who resigned. During his visit to the basilica, the German pontiff placed the pallium he wore on his coronation day on the tomb of Celestine V.