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Help us to let the world know and to restore the Roman house of St. Francis, a symbol of brotherhood, tolerance and love of nature.

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Worldwide media coverage (newspapers, magazines, television, web sites, etc.) about our project has been astonishing!

Some of the media covering the project (updated list).
Some of the media covering the project (updated list).

This project is also supported by Franco Zeffirelli, Liliana Cavani, some of the students of the “Stella Adler Studio of Acting” of New York and the young guests of the St. Francis Monastery in Rome.

Franco Zeffirelli, director "Brother Sun, Sister Moon", 1972
Franco Zeffirelli, director "Brother Sun, Sister Moon", 1972
Liliana Cavani, director "Francesco", 1989
Liliana Cavani, director "Francesco", 1989
2 frames from the movies "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" and "Francesco" with Mickey Rourke
2 frames from the movies "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" and "Francesco" with Mickey Rourke

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THE RESTORATION

When St. Francis of Assisi used to come to Rome between 1209 and 1223 to meet the Pope, his house was a small "Cell” where he lived and assisted lepers. After eight centuries this place now requires substantial restoration work in order to preserve its priceless spiritual value and its ancient works of art.

Your support of the Cell’s restoration will not only provide free public admission to this historic site, but also the conservation of the works of art which are part of the world’s cultural heritage.

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) is known and loved around the world for his decision to give up his material wealth in favor of the poor, indeed a very brave, difficult and worthy gesture.

Francis was a lover of nature, a pacifist and someone who was tolerant of those who were different. He was actively engaged in social matters and was not held back by the ills of the world but rather fought personally for a more just society.

Francis did not have any social, ethnic or religious prejudices but simply felt that he was the brother of all creatures. We believe that his example is still very much alive because he does not expect others to change but rather to live with them in brotherhood.

Part of the fresco "Sermon to the birds" by Giotto di Bondone and detail of St. Francis' portrait by Margaritone d'Arezzo
Part of the fresco "Sermon to the birds" by Giotto di Bondone and detail of St. Francis' portrait by Margaritone d'Arezzo

THE CELL

St. Francis of Assisi’s first contact with this place was in 1209 when he came to Rome to meet Pope Innocenzo III. During this visit, the Roman noblewoman Jacoba de' Settesoli helped St. Francis to find a place to stay at the monastery-hospital of the Benedictine monks which was located near the banks of the Tiber River.

St. Francis of Assisi was always very fond of this place and stayed here on several occasions during his travels to Rome. After the Saint's death and by order of Pope Gregorio IX, the Benedictine monastery passed over to the Franciscans in 1229.

At the beginning of the 17th century, St. Francis’ Cell was in danger of being demolished during the monastery’s renovation. The current accommodation was completed in 1698. There is an inscription at the entrance of the Cell that recalls the apparition of St. Francis of Assisi in a dream by Cardinal Alessandro Montalto Peretti.

A wooden altar made by the Franciscan cabinet-maker Bernardino da Jesi (17th century) is inside the Cell which displays, in the center, a portrait of St. Francis (tempera painting) by the Tuscan painter Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305).

On the right side of the wall lies the stone upon which St. Francis of Assisi laid his head while he rested, whereas, on the left side, there is a photo of Pope John Paul II on his knees in prayer during his visit there on December 1, 1991.

St. Francis’ Cell is located at the first floor of the Roman church and monastery of San Francesco a Ripa in the ancient Trastevere neighborhood.

Information (in Italian, English, Spanish and Russian) on the history of this church is available on the website www.sanfrancescoaripa.com.

IF I CONTRIBUTE TO THIS PROJECT, WHAT WILL THE MONEY FUND?

THE PROJECT

If the fundraiser reaches US $ 125,000, we will have enough money for all the steps of the project:
- restoration of the Cell: walls, wooden ceiling, floor, decorations, as well as the stone-pillow upon which St. Francis of Assisi laid his head while he rested;
- virtual Cell: a reproduction of the Cell to let it be visited even during the closing for restoration;
- equipment: new electrical installation, new air conditioning system, new overhead projectors;
- rewards: preparation and shipping to all the donors of the gifts conceived, created and manufactured specifically for this project;
- public conference: in order to scientifically explain the restoration work, along with free guided tours to the restored Cell;
- communication campaign: the constant communication and activities with the media in order to let this place be known everywhere and allow a fruitful fundraising around the world;
- social activities of the Monastery of St. Francis in Rome;
- taxes and dues.

We will keep you informed !!!

The restoration work will last five months and will end on September 30, 2014. The official opening of the restored Cell is scheduled for October 4, 2014.

REWARDS

All donors will have their names placed on the memorial panels located at the entrance of the Cell and on the website dedicated to the restoration.

Some of the rewards are the following (see dedicated section for a complete list):

Donation certificate
Donation certificate
3D pop-up Kirigami card with the three-dimensional reproduction of the facade St. Francis’ Monastery in Rome with a stamp and a special commemorative postmark
3D pop-up Kirigami card with the three-dimensional reproduction of the facade St. Francis’ Monastery in Rome with a stamp and a special commemorative postmark
Tau keychain with the latin inscription “Pax et Bonum”
Tau keychain with the latin inscription “Pax et Bonum”
Hand-made wooden pendant in the shape of a “Peace Dove” made by the Clarisse Order of the Albano Monastery
Hand-made wooden pendant in the shape of a “Peace Dove” made by the Clarisse Order of the Albano Monastery
DVD of the film "Brother Sun, Sister Moon", directed by Franco Zeffirelli
DVD of the film "Brother Sun, Sister Moon", directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Mouse pad with the reproduction of the portrait of St. Francis by Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305)
Mouse pad with the reproduction of the portrait of St. Francis by Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305)
Commemorative mug with the reproduction of the portrait of St. Francis by Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305)
Commemorative mug with the reproduction of the portrait of St. Francis by Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305)
Cotton t-shirt with the words "Pax et Bonum” and the logo of the restoration
Cotton t-shirt with the words "Pax et Bonum” and the logo of the restoration
Cotton sweatshirt with the words "Pax et Bonum” and the logo of the restoration
Cotton sweatshirt with the words "Pax et Bonum” and the logo of the restoration
Paperweight with the reproduction of the portrait of St. Francis by Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305)
Paperweight with the reproduction of the portrait of St. Francis by Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305)
Donation certificate engraved in a Plexiglas plaque personalized with the name of the donor
Donation certificate engraved in a Plexiglas plaque personalized with the name of the donor
Numbered and limited-edition reproduction of the Pope Gregorio IX’s "Cum deceat vos esige" papal seal dated 1229 which declares the transfer of St. Francis’ hospice from the Benedictine monks to the Franciscan friars
Numbered and limited-edition reproduction of the Pope Gregorio IX’s "Cum deceat vos esige" papal seal dated 1229 which declares the transfer of St. Francis’ hospice from the Benedictine monks to the Franciscan friars

Risks and challenges

The most important challenge for us is to reach US $ 125,000 to finance the project. If we reach the goal, the restoration work will start.

We have chosen a team of highly qualified restorers, which has already worked in the field of cultural and artistic heritage and is able to quickly solve any issue.

We already have all the necessary permits and we expect to complete the restoration work in five months. Such a time allows us to face any unexpected events.

Our deadline is October 4, 2014, when the inauguration of the restored Cell will take place.

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    233 backers

    A high-definition digital photo of the Cell before and after the restoration with a special thank you.

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    187 backers

    In addition to the above, a digital "Donation Certificate” of the restoration of St. Francis’ Cell in Rome.

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    108 backers

    In addition to the above, a 3D pop-up Kirigami card with the three-dimensional reproduction of the facade of St. Francis’ Convent in Rome with a stamp and a special commemorative postmark.

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    217 backers

    In addition to the above, a keychain made of olive wood in the shape of St. Francis’ Tau with the latin inscription, “Pax et Bonum” and
    a hand-made wooden pendant in the shape of a “Peace Dove” by the Clarisse Order of the Albano Monastery (Rome).

    A DVD of the movie “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” directed by Franco Zeffirelli, with english subtitles.

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    27 backers

    In addition to the above, a mouse pad with the reproduction of the portrait of St. Francis by Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305).

    A “Franciscan Musical Instrumental” CD with performances by the "Cappella Musicale della Basilica Papale di San Francesco in Assisi”.

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    12 backers

    In addition to the above, a commemorative mug with the portrait of St. Francis by Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305).

    A cotton T-shirt with the words: "Pax et Bonum” and the logo of the restoration.

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    16 backers

    A cotton sweatshirt with the words: "Pax et Bonum” and the logo of the restoration.

    A paperweight with the portrait of St. Francis by Margaritone d'Arezzo (1262-1305).

    A “Donation Certificate” engraved in a Plexiglas plaque personalized with the name of the donor.

    A DVD of the movie “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” directed by Franco Zeffirelli, with english subtitles.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    7 backers

    In addition to what is foresees for a $ 500 pledge: a numbered and limited-edition reproduction of the Pope Gregorio IX’s "Cum deceat vos esige" papal seal, dated 1229, which declares the transfer of St. Francis’ hospice from the Benedictine monks to the Franciscan friars.

    An exclusive invitation on October 2, 2014 to the inauguration ceremony of the restored Cell.

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    4 backers

    In addition to what is foresees for a $ 1,000 pledge: a two-night stay for two people in a four-star hotel in Rome, plus a private visit of St. Francis’ restored Cell to be used by December 14, 2014.

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    4 backers

    In addition to what is foresees for a $ 1,000 pledge: a four-night stay for two people in a four-star hotel in Rome, plus a one-day tour of Rome by car and a private tour guide to be used by December 14, 2014.

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