Mayor Gavin Newsom gets a first look at the National Shrine Of Saint Francis of Assis. Inside Alfonso Rocciola, project manager tells the mayor about the siteÕs history. The event was to announce, ÒThe Renaissance ProjectÓ, a plan to transform the location into an international Spiritual Center to serve as a place for peace and inspiration. The project spearheaded by Angela Alioto, began with the construction of the only replica of St. FrancisÕ famed, ÒPorziucolaÓ, or ÒLittle corner of the worldÓ. St. Francis himself originally restored the original location in his home city of Assisi, Italy.