More than 600 years ago, tens of thousands of men, women and children invoking peace and mercy covered a route from Northern to Southern Italy which also included the Sabina area. They were called Whites, an almost unique  spontaneous religious movement, which only appeared in Rome  for a short while  during the Jubilee of 1400.

 

This movement, including men and women of different age and social level, spread in the Summer of 1399 throughout Northern and Central Italy achieving many results such as the termination of local conflicts, the reconciliation between opposing factions, the release of prisoners, the cancellation of debts and the annulment of sentences and penalties.
The movement originated from events such as the Legend of the three loaves from Scotland or Provence and the Miracle of the Madonna dell’Oliva in Assisi. The passage of the devotees has been reported  by the chronicles and depicted on the frescoes in several churches in Rieti, Leonessa, Montebuono, Poggio Mirteto and Fara in Sabina. This immediate success both in Italy and  Europe induced Pope Boniface IX to proclaim an extraordinary Jubilee at the end of 1399, when the movement turned into a literal Jubilee pilgrimage towards Rome.

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