San Pietro Celestino
He loved austere, remote places and along his itineray as a hermit he left testimonials still present in many small mountain and countryside churches. The Majella was his favourite mountain: savage, full of natural caves, the ancient mountain offered him the seclusion he wanted, being at the same time near to the Vatican. Inside the caves where he lived he brought the ideal of penitence to its extreme and soon the news of the presence of the holy hermit and the miracles he made attracted growing numbers of pilgrims and followers
The Celestinian Order
Santa Maria di Collemaggio
But winter passed without an election, so Brother Peter from Morrone wrote a letter where he denounced the uneasinees of the church. the letter arrived on 5th July 1294 and it was read to the presence of all the cardinals, that knowing the sanctity of the hermit were deeply moved the name of Peter was proposed for the candidature, and that same day Peter from Morrone at the age of 79 years old, was elected Pope.
The election to the Holy See
Flight and imprisonment
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