On the occasion of the 800th anniversary of St. Francis and the "Nativity scene of Greccio", the Apostolic Penitentiary granted a plenary indulgence to all the faithful who, from 8 December 2023 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) to 2 February 2024 ( Feast of the Presentation in the Temple of Our Lord Jesus Christ) visit a Nativity scene in a church entrusted to Franciscans all over the world.
This applies to all churches staffed by Franciscan friars (OFM, Conventual, Capuchin, and Third Order Regular) as well as chapels of Franciscan sisters and brothers. Faithful who are not able to physically visit the church due to age or handicap may also gain the indulgence.
Dominic V. Monti, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar of Holy Name Province (USA) and currently professor of Franciscan Research in the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University. He devoted the greater part of his ministry to teaching the History of Christianity, in particular the history of the Franciscan movement. He has contributed two volumes to the Works of St. Bonaventure series and is author of Francis & His Brothers, a popular history of the Friars Minor.