|Assisi at sunset|
The tomb of the patron saint of animals and ecology has been restored and is being reopened for visitors. As reported by ASNA news,
's patron saint, was buried in a rough-hewn stone sarcophagus in 1230 and lay there until the Catholic Church decided to move his body to an elaborate bronze urn, complete with the seal of the Holy See, in 1818. St. Francis, Italy
This was placed in a newly enlarged crypt under the main altar of the Basilica Inferiore in the saint's home town.
The stone of the crypt and the metal of the urn have been scrubbed and burnished in record time since they were closed for the start of the restoration on February 25.
"This work of extraordinary maintenance was carried out through the night too, to keep the time of closure as short as possible," said church press officer Father Enzo Fortunato