For centuries the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi has preserved in its library the most rare and precious examples of the saint’s writings, masterpieces of exquisite literary sensitivity and of the highest spirituality.
Some time ago, the General Custody of the Sacred Convent of St. Francis of Assisi decided to entrust to Scrinium a project that would be both an enterprise of great cultural value and a particularly useful service: the creation of a perfect clone of the letter Solet annuere, whereby in 1223 pope Honorius III confirmed the Rule of the Friars Minor; and the accurate reproduction of two highly venerated relics – i.e., the only surviving documents written by St. Francis in his own hand, one displayed in the basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the other in the cathedral of Spoleto. These were delicate and demanding operations that included high-resolution scanning of the documents.
This project produced the first of Scrinium’s new Sacra Vestigia series. The perfectly replicated Franciscan documents – each copy numbered and certified by the Custodian of the Sacred Convent and the Archbishop of the Spoleto-Norcia diocese – are accompanied by a book titled Brother Francis of Assisi, edited by the International Society of Franciscan Studies, and containing essays by renowned scholars from that institution.
Moreover, Scrinium allocates part of the proceeds to the conservation (carried out by the monks of the Benedictine abbey of Praglia, near Padua) of manuscripts belonging to the Sacred Convent.