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The Church of Sta. Maria Maggiore
The Santuario della Spogliazione (Sanctuary of the Spoliation) is located in the Chiesa di S. Maria Maggiore, next to the Bishop’s – the ancient Cathedral of Assisi where S. Francesco received baptism.
The Santuario della Spogliazione was born in the place where the Poor Man of Assisi took off his rich clothes in front of his father Pietro di Bernardone, in order to wear the “habit of the poor”. Still, it is not clear if this episode took place exactly in front of the church or inside the Bishop’s – Sala della Spogliazione (Room of the Spoliation) –, or even inside the cloister of the palace.
He was buried in the cemetery in Assisi in accordance with his wishes. In January 2019, the mortal remains of the Blessed Carlo Acutis, were exhumed in accord with Canon Law and transferred to a suitable location (reportedly the Capuchin Monastery in Assisi). Then on April 6, 2019 his body was moved to its permanent place inside the Church of Saint Mary Major (not the one in Rome…this one is in Assisi) in a chapel Santuario della Spogliazione (the Shrine of the Stripping). His tomb remains there at this time.
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