Starting at 23:40 of the most recent episode of Vaticano, EWTN's weekly television program originating in Rome there is a most beautiful segment on the Holy Face of Manoppello as one of the "clues" which demonstrates the reality of the Resurrection of Jesus.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
text and photos by Antonio Bini
As has taken place for a number of years, the pastoral region of Scafa, on one of the last Fridays of Lent, celebrated on March 31, with the participation of Archbishop Bruno Forte, the Lenten outdoor Way of the Cross according to the ancient tradition of the Roman church.
At 4pm the sizeable procession from various parishes comprising: Scafa, Manoppello, Serramonacesca, Lettomanoppello, Turrivalignani, Tocco da Casauria, Roccamorice, Caramanico Bolognano met at the foot of the ascent to the Sanctuary, called "Fonte Leone", moving towards the Shrine, with stops at the individual stations.
With devotion, the religious and lay faithful prayed and sang, arriving at the Holy Face Basilica where Mass was celebrated, presided over by Archbishop Forte, assisted by several priests. Some priests were available for confession.
After the Mass the Archbishop, in reiterating his personal connection to the Sanctuary, recalled the tradition of the Way of the Cross which he began several years ago, wishing everyone a good journey together towards Easter.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
A solemn celebration commemorated the procession instituted by Innocent III in 1208. For the first time in the history of the Holy Face a Canon of St. Peter's, Mons. Americo Ciani, celebrated Mass in the Shrine of Manoppello. At the beginning of the Mass Mons. Ciani was introduced by Fr. Carmine Cucinelli, OFM, Cap., the Rector of the Basilica, who thanked Mons. Ciani for being willing to come to Manoppello, explaining that the celebration was in continuity with that of the celebration in Rome last Omnis Terra Sunday. cf. http://holyfaceofmanoppello.blogspot.com/2016/01/edward-pentin-of-national-catholic.html
Mons. Ciani, during his homily, recognized "the authenticity and uniqueness of this marvelous image in which the Lord has shown Himself through His Son." He also remembered the dear departed Archbishop Edmund Farhat -- also a Canon of St. Peter's-- who passed away last December 17. (photo below of Archbishop Farhat at the left with Mons. Ciani) Read the masterful homily of Archbishop Farhat during the Holy Face celebration in Rome in January 2016 http://holyfaceofmanoppello.blogspot.com/2016/01/archbishop-edmond-y-farhats-homily-at.html
In the course of an interview which followed the celebration Mons. Ciani confirmed that the Veronica disappeared from Rome in 1527.
The celebration of the Sunday of Omnis Terra was attended by a multitude of the devoted in an intense way with profound participation, all of whom arrived at the Shrine where in the streets were seen large amounts of snow which had accumulated in the days leading up to the feast.
Another emotional moment was the prayer led by Mons. Ciani at the end of the Mass for the victims of the earthquakes of central Italy and of other parts of the world. This prayer also recalls the historic events of 1703 which was the first procession of the Holy Face in Manoppello to invoke the Lord after the dramatic earthquake of that year which destroyed many towns in Abruzzo. Particularly moved by the feast was Fr. Heinrich Pfeiffer, S.J., leading expert on the Holy Face, who arrived in Manoppello from Palermo, despite not being in good health, The solemn celebration was enriched by the choir of the Basilica directed by Maestro Nicola Constantini. Also present were the heralds of the Holy Face and a delegation of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.
Below are photos of three protagonists of the history of the Holy Face: Fr. Heinrich Pfeiffer, Sr. Blandina, also expert regarding the Holy Face together with Fr. Pfeiffer, and Paul Badde. The photos are useful to understand the situation of the piles of snow around the area of the church. From the photos one can see the progress in the work for the "House of Pilgrims". The work ought to be completed by the beginning of April
First News from Paul Badde of Renewed Omnis Terra Celebration of the Holy Face in Manoppello January 15 2017 Along with Homily by Mons. Americo Ciani and Prayer in Time of Earthquake
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
SHRINE OF THE HOLY FACE OF MANOPPELLO
During the special Jubilee Year of Mercy - with a memorable pilgrimage to Rome - there was evoked the procession instituted by Pope Innocent III in 1208 of the Holy Face from San Peter's to Santo Spirito di Sassia on the second Sunday after Epiphany, called "Omnis Terra". We remember the event in our basilica with the following program:
Sunday January 15, 2017
11am Holy Mass presided by Mons. Americo Ciani,
Canon of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Peter's in the Vatican
Procession in the interior of the Basilica with
the monstrance containing the Holy Face and benediction
3pm: Showing of the EWTN documentary
Omnis Terra 2016, including the homily
of Archbishop Edmondo Farhat
· The illustration taken from “Liber regulae Sancti Spiritus in Saxia” (1350 ca.), shows Pope Innocent III with the Veronica
Monday, November 28, 2016
The Life of Padre Domenico of the Holy Face Was Celebrated at Manoppello on the 38th Anniversary of his Death
Text and Photos by Antonio Bini
Padre Domenico's fellow Capuchin friars were the ones most amazed by the participation of so many devotees and by the interest which has always been so strongly felt for the Servant of God, on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the death of Padre Domenico, in an event organized just a few days prior to September 17. As decided at the meeting of last January - which was attended by the general postulator, Fr. Carlo Calloni, the vice-postulator Fr. Eugene of Giamberardino, Msgr. Massimo D'Angelo, Episcopal Chancellor of the diocese of Chieti-Vasto, the then Father Provincial of the Capuchins Fr. Carmine Ranieri, the rector of the Shrine Fr. Carmine Cucinelli, Brother Vincenzo d'Elpidio -every year the anniversary of the death of Servant of God will be celebrated in what was "his" Shrine of the Holy Face.
In the pilgrim's hall on the ground floor of the shrine - which was unable to contain all of the people who participated in the commemoration -there was a screening of the documentary of the German section of the television network EWTN titled "Padre Domenico, the long journey from Cese to Turin", introduced by the rector of the Shrine Fr. Carmine Cucinelli.
After the presentation an emotional applause greeted the author of the documentary Paul Badde, present in the room. The documentary, lasting 24 minutes, can be seen on You Tube edition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sslrgj6e7s language.
Fr. Luciano Antonelli, who in 1978 was the superior of the Sanctuary, recalling how Padre Domenico had gone to Turin to learn about the Shroud's relationship with the Holy Face, said that "the presence of so many spiritual children and devotees - so many years after the death of Padre Domenico - is a sign of his holiness. "
The vice-postulator of the cause of beatification, Fr. Eugenio Di Giamberardino, recalling the existence of the association "Friends of Padre Domenico," announced that they are delivering to him testimonies that confirm the episodes of bi-location detailed in the documentary, following the special relationship between Padre Domenico and Padre Pio. He then announced the publication of the most recent edition, in Portuguese, of his book on the life of Padre Domenico, published by the Brazilian company Ecclesiae, with the title "Padre Domenico de Cese. Apóstolo de Sagrada Face de Manoppello"
Invited by p. Carmine Cucinelli to speak, I thanked all those who have collaborated on the documentary providing photos, videos and testimonies. I also confirmed the growing interest abroad for the life of the Marsican Capuchin, for his prophetic vision about the nature of the Holy Face, his life accompanied by extraordinary events and parallel to that of Padre Pio. Recently we have been receiving interesting testimonies of his devotees in Austria and Germany, who came to see Padre Domenico in the nineteen sixties and seventies. Among them was found the presence of Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Holböck (1913-2002), a prominent Austrian theologian who frequented both Padre Pio and Father Dominic, and Ms Ida Loidl, who passed away recently, the author of books on religious themes and editor of the Catholic magazine Grüß Gott (Good morning), who had several meetings with Padre Domenico.
At the end of my speech an elderly lady of Avezzano - Concetta Piccone - approached me to talk to me and give me an old photo of Padre Domenico, telling me that having been stored for years among other things, and that, being a little 'dirty and covered with dust, had proceeded to clean it. On the photo, slightly damaged in the lower left, there seemed evident the wounds on his hands (especially on the back of his right hand) that could indicate the stigmata once described by various people.
Brother Vincenzo d'Elpidio, who was a friend of Padre Domenico, warmly thanked those who came from various parts of Italy and from abroad. Brother Vincenzo is the one who for years has maintained contact with many supporters of the Servant of God. A special thanks was addressed to all who came from Ruvo di Puglia and Andria, for the extraordinary devotion shown over the years to the Holy Face and the memory of Padre Domenico. For many years in the city of Puglia two different associations of the Holy Face have been working , formed according to the desire of Padre Domenico, after a young woman - Amalia Di Rella (1934-1998) - was cured of her illness after going on pilgrimage to Manoppello, and who afterwards decided to become a nun. At the behest of Don Tonino Bello (1935-2003), at the time bishop of Molfetta, whose cause of beatification is underway, was set up the diocesan congregation of the "Disciples of the Holy Face", represented at today's commemoration of Padre Domenico by the presence of Sr. Maria Matera and Sr. Grazia Di Bari.
Finally, there must be pointed out the availability of a new prayer for the beatification of Padre Domenico, published in Italian, German, English and French, by Sr. Petra-Maria Steiner, published with an invitation to submit testimonials, photos and video on the life of the servant of God. Testimonies in Italian may be sent to the vice- postulator at the Shrine of the Holy Face, while those expressed in other languages may be sent directly to the headquarters of the religious community "Communis Vita" - Ossveiler Weg 45, 71334 Waiblingen (Germany) that will subsequently be brought to the attention of the vice- postulator.
See the leaflet at http://holyfaceofmanoppello.blogspot.com/2016/10/prayer-leaflet-for-cause-of.html
To numerous requests for information on the timing of the beatification process Fr. Carmine Cucinelli said that the time is long and unpredictable, and that there is needed the properly documented verification of miracles or extraordinary events attributable to the Marsican Capuchin. Other people have expressed the desire that Padre Domenico be buried in what was his church, closer to his Holy Face that he made known and loved by so many people, so much so that even in life many called him Padre Domenico of the Holy Face.
Quite a number of other people have also traveled to the Basilica for the solemn Mass presided by the Archbishop of the Diocese of Lanciano-Ortona, Emidio Cipollone. Among them was the father provincial of the Capuchins of Abruzzo, Fr. Nicola Galasso, the vice-postulator, Fr. Eugenio Di Gianberardino, Fr. Carmine Cucinelli, Fr. Paolo Palombarini and Capuchins coming from other convents.
At the side of the church a giant poster of Padre Domenico holding an image of the Holy Face, which thrilled those present who were able to see this in his beloved shrine.
The Archbishop, recalling that he was born in the same region as Padre Domenico and that he has the same first name, Emidio, then praised the figure of the Servant of God as a confessor always ready to listen to the suffering of the people and therefore for his love for the Holy Face. And among the many from Cese, the municipality of Avezzano, was also present Mrs. Angelina Cipollone, the mother of the archbishop, also devoted to Padre Domenico. The Mass was animated by the choir of the Sister Servants of the Most Holy Blood from Manoppello.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The exhibition "The Rediscovered face of Christ" - previously on display in New York, Rimini, Lugano etc. - will be replicated in Dublin on 15 and 16 October, as part of the activities organized for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. During the two days in which the exhibit will be in Dublin Sr. Petra-Maria Steiner, directly from Manoppello, will speak. Present for the opening of the exhibit will be Most Rev. Raymond W. Field, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Dublin.
In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year - Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Centre, Navan Road, Dublin 7 is pleased to invite you to THE REDISCOVERED FACE OF CHRIST. The exhibition traces the many testimonies relating to the Face of Christ, handed down from early centuries of Christians. Slide & Video presentations (60 minutes) will take place on Saturday 15th October at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 15:00pm, 16:15pm, 19:30pm and Sunday 16th October at 10:15, 11:45, 15:00, 19:30 (please attend 1 session only). Pre-booking essential contact Parish Office phone: 01 8380265 or Email:firstname.lastname@example.org