“In Defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence” is an English translation of the Latin original medieval sources for the Portiuncula Indulgence, which Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) requested from Pope Honorius III in 1216 for the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, known as the Portiuncula, close to Assisi. The most important source among these documents is the “Tractatus de Indulgentia Portiunculae” by Brother Francis Bartholi of Assisi, composed in 1334-1335 in defence of the Indulgence against its detractors. Hence the title “In Defence of the Portiuncula Indulgence”.
The author, Brother Noel Muscat ofm, is a member of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor. He was born in Malta in 1957 and entered the Order in 1976. He studied Franciscan Spirituality at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome and is author of various publications. He currently resides in Jerusalem, where he is at the service of the Holy Land Custody.