Thursday, November 17, 2011

Puebla Conference on the Holy Face and the Madonna of Guadalupe

by Antonio Bini

Father Carmine Cucinelli, rector of the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello, has been invited to participate in the Second Guadalupana Week which is being held from November 15 to 18, 2011 in the Mexican city of Puebla, capital of the region of the same name.

Father Carmine's conference -- awaited with great anticipation -- is scheduled for today, November 17, at the Popular Autonomous State University of Puebla (UPAEP).

Prior to leaving for Mexico Father Carmine emphasized that the year 2011 will be remembered for the significant activities which brought together the Holy Face with the Madonna of Lourdes and of Guadalupe, which are the most visited Marian shrines in the world.

The exhibit “L’image du Christ à travers le visage de la Vierge”, held at Lourdes from September 1 to October 2, 2011 -- at the request of the Bishop of the Diocese of Tarbes-Lourdes -- Monsignor Philippe Perrier -- was visited by thousands of people, and coincided with the time of the year in which is recorded the greatest number of pilgrims. The level of interest raised by the exposition is shown by the distribution of more than 100,000 leaflets prepared by the Capuchin Fathers in the various languages.

If the exhibit of Lourdes pertained to the relationship between the Holy Face and the Face of the Madonna in the variety of expressions of devotion and of faith which Lourdes and Manoppello share, the conference of Puebla -- which opens new perspectives for the spreading of the knowledge of the Holy Face of Manoppello (Santa Faz) in South America -- will concentrate on a comparison of studies on the acheropite ("not made by human hands) origin of the two images, in a historical, scientific and religious perspective.

Under this aspect, it should be remembered that the two images -- together with that of the Shroud of Turin -- were at the center of the International Workshop on the Scientific Approach to the Acheiropoietos Images – held at the Research Institute of Frascati from May 4 to 6, 2010.

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