The Franciscan Order inaugurated on January 17, 2014 the Jubilee Franciscan Year that commemorates the eighth anniversary of the pilgrimage of Saint Francis of Assisi to Santiago de Compostela.
In honor of this anniversary, “La Cotolaya”, which is a Certificate issued in the Church of San Francisco, in Santiago, will be delivered to all those Pilgrims who go on pilgrimage to the tomb of the Apostle Santiago under the protection of San Francisco de Asís and visit his Convent.
This species of Franciscan Compostela is an additional gift to the Compostela traditional that is delivered to the pilgrim service office. However, the format of the current Compostela will shortly be modified making a nod to the anniversary of the pilgrimage of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Likewise, in this Franciscan Year 2014, new pilgrim credentials will be made to commemorate said anniversary: Saint Francis of Assisi and the Apostle Santiago will share a poster throughout the 2014 Camino.
According to tradition, it is believed that between November of 1213 and Holy Week of 1215, Saint Francis of Assisi had to carry out the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Starting from Italy, it would cross France and finally Spain as the end point of its Way.
Among the activities planned for this celebration are the three open days that at the end of March will allow the visit of the convent of Santiago and its dependencies in the Galician city, with explanations about the work currently being carried out by the Franciscans. The city of Assisi (Italy) will also join the celebrations.
The inauguration of a large collective exhibition is planned with works by artists from the category of Tapies, Lamazares or Boltanski, which will be based on the pavilion of Xelmírez and the church and cemetery of Bonaval.