Ten years ago on September 1, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI made the first papal visit to Manoppello to venerate the Holy Face. Since that time millions around the world have come to know the Holy Face. A new era of the knowledge of the Good News of Jesus Christ began on that day.
Pope Benedict's visit, followed by his decision to raise the Shrine of the Holy Face to the status of a basilica, made clear that the Holy Face is an important reality -- for the whole church -- that the highest levels of the Church as well as people from around the world are looking to. In the past ten years so many blessings have been received through the Holy Face and we can confidently expect, in faith, even more in the years to come.