Manoppello Image

Video of Louis Antonio Cardinal Tagle speaking about his experience of seeing the Holy Face of Manoppello for the first time. (Click “cc” for closed captions in English) More information on his visit to Manoppello may be found (here).

Archbishop Edmond Y. Farhat giving blessing with Holy Face.
Archbishop Edmond Y. Farhat giving blessing with Holy Face.

“It is not an object of another time; it is the icon of the eternal Face, the Face of goodness and of friendship, of mercy and of peace. The Face that speaks, that examines, that asks, that awaits a response. It seems to say: ‘Look at me, you who are tired. Come to me and I will give you rest.’…” We fix our gaze on the Holy Face and we will be transformed by God’s mercy. The sign is not an end in itself; the sign is a pointer on the way of the return, the return to the Father.”  –Archbishop Edmond Y. Farhat

photo by Patricia Enk
photo by Patricia Enk

(To read about the pilgrimage to Manoppello click here for Pt.1)

The Holy Face of Manoppello

The origins of this miraculous image are a great mystery and it’s existence is an invitation to enter more deeply into relationship with God.  Devotion to The Holy Face is therefore necessary, so that the great gift of “Il Volto Santo” The Holy Face of Manoppello is not treated as a mere curiosity, but with reverence, love and gratitude.  May Jesus Christ draw all souls, by His Merciful Face, reflecting all the love and pains of His Sacred Heart, to Himself.

Videos:  There are two very important videos in English on YouTube about the Holy Face of Manoppello and Venerable Domenico da Cese, the former Rector of the Shrine, which are now accessible via the Holy Face of Manoppello blog spot, be sure to take a look! (click here for link)

Feast of the Transfiguration veneration of The Holy Face photo: Patricia Enk
Feast of the Transfiguration veneration of The Holy Face
photo: Patricia Enk
Sr. Petra-Maria, Cynthia Krystyna Simla and other religious before His Face
Sr. Petra-Maria, Cynthia Krystyna Simla and other religious before His Face
Gazing at the Face of her Spouse in faith and love. photo: Patricia Enk
Gazing at the Face of her Spouse in faith and love.
photo: Patricia Enk

 

CNA (Catholic News Agency) has recently featured a marvelous article about the Manopello image in which journalist Paul Badde interviews Archbishop Bruno Forte regarding his memories of the historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Sanctuary:  (click here for article) http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/an-encounter-with-the-manoppello-image-of-the-face-of-christ-95030/

 

The Divine Prisoner, Holy Face of Manoppello photo: Patricia Enk
The Divine Prisoner, Holy Face of Manoppello
photo: Patricia Enk

“O Beloved Face of Jesus!  As we await the everlasting day when we contemplate Your infinite Glory our one desire is to charm Your Divine Eyes by hiding our faces too, so that here on earth no one can recognize us. O Jesus!  Your veiled gaze is our heaven!”–St. Therese

Veil of Manoppello Photo: Paul Badde
Veil of Manoppello
Photo: Paul Badde

 

Hand behind the sheer Veil of Manoppello, "not made by human hand" clearly shows the miraculous nature of "Il Volto Santo" Photo: Paul Badde
Hand viewed behind the sheer Veil of Manoppello, an image “not made by human hand,” clearly shows the miraculous nature of “Il Volto Santo” Photo: Paul Badde
The Mass of St. Gregory I by Robert Campin 15th Century
The Mass of St. Gregory I by Robert Campin 15th Century

July 8, 2016 – The National Catholic Register has featured a fascinating article and interview with Paul Badde by Edward Pentin on new research which suggest that the burial cloths of Jesus (The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Manoppello) “have been central to the Roman liturgy for more than a millennium, and possibly from the earliest days of the Church: The Liturgy of the Cloth:  How the Early Church Incorporated the Shroud and the Sudarium in the Mass (click here)

A “Must Read” on the Holy Face: There is an excellent post “More than an Abstraction,” the text from a conference given by Fr. Daren Zehnle.  It is a very clear, well-documented and informative history of “The Veronica,” and the miraculous “Veil of Manoppello” in the context of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
It can be read on his “Servant and Steward”blog. (click here)

Beautiful photo of "Il Volto Santo" from Pentecost by Paul Badde
Beautiful photo of “Il Volto Santo” from Pentecost by Paul Badde
Rose petals like "tongues of fire of the Holy Spirit" tossed before the Holy Face on Pentecost. photo: Paul Badde
Rose petals like “tongues of fire of the Holy Spirit” tossed before the Holy Face on Pentecost. photo: Paul Badde

 

Special English Edition of “The Holy Face, from Manoppello to the World” produced for the Extraordinary Year of Mercy under the direction of  Fr. Carmine Cucinelli, OFM, Cap., Rector of the Shrine of The Holy Face of Manoppello is now available online. More details by Raymond Frost on http://holyfaceofmanoppello.blogspot.com/  Click here and Enjoy!: Special English Language Edition of Il Volto Santo di Manoppello 

 

Paul Badde with Pope Benedict XVI in Manoppello on Sept. 1, 2006 surrounded by Archbishop Bruno Forte,
Fr. Andreas Resch, Fr. Heinrich Pfeiffer and Sr. Blandina Paschalis Schlomer
Paul Badde pondering the Holy Veil of Manoppello
Paul Badde pondering the Holy Veil of Manoppello

Update: Joyful news!  Paul Badde, journalist and fervent apostle of The Holy Face of Manoppello is recovering well from his heart surgery, stroke and coma in February 2016.  Thank you to all who have remembered him in your prayers.  God still has much work for him!

Priest elevating a paten viewed through the Veil of Manoppello. Photo: Paul Badde
Priest elevating a paten viewed through the Veil of Manoppello. Photo: Paul Badde
Church of Santo Sprito in Rome
Church of Santo Sprito in Rome

 

For information on the historic Roman Procession of the Holy Face of Manoppello from St, Peter’s Basiclica to Santo Spirito Church and Archbishop Ganswain’s beautiful homily click here.  To read more about the rich spiritual and historical significance relating to The Veronica procession, there is a wonderful article by Antonio Bini on Manoppello blogspot (click here)

 

 

Holy Face of Manoppello Photo by Paul Badde "Jesus Christ is the FACE of the Father's Mercy." --Pope Francis
Holy Face of Manoppello
Photo by Paul Badde
“Jesus Christ is the FACE of the Father’s Mercy.”
–Pope Francis

The Solemn Opening of The Holy Door at the Basilica Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello in the Jubilee Year of Mercy was on 1st of January, 2016, on the Solemnity of the Mother of God. The opening of the Holy Door was attended by thousands of the faithful.   P. Carmine Cucinelli, Rector of the Basilica read the first line from Pope Francis’ Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae Vultus which is, “Jesus Christ is the Face of the Father’s mercy.”  We are touched by this expression – stressed p. Carmine – which along with the one uttered by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2006: “This is a place for meditating on the divine by contemplating the icon of the Holy Face” “- encourages the assertion that here in Manoppello, in this church, we have the true image of Jesus, the face of the Father’s mercy. “ (details and photos may be found here.)

  Anyone who enters the Door of Mercy will experience the love of God who consoles, who forgives and gives hope.

 

 

Fr. Carmine, rector of the Shrine, Msgr. Georg Ganswain and Sr. Petra-Maria
Fr. Carmine, rector of the Shrine, Msgr. Georg Ganswain and Sr. Petra-Maria

 October 27, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Papal household of Pope Francis and secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, makes private visit to the Shrine of The Holy Face of Manoppello.  Article by Antonio Bini on the visit (click here)

“There was in Him no stately bearing to make us look at Him, no appearance that would attract us to Him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity.  One of those from whom men hide their faces, spurned and we held Him in no esteem. (Isaiah 53:2-3)

The Holy Face of Manoppello in Italy, Photo: Paul Badde
The Holy Face of Manoppello in Italy, Photo: Paul Badde

 

                  Prayer offering the Holy Face of Jesus to The Eternal Father

Eternal Father, turn away Your angry gaze from our guilty people whose face has become unsightly in your eyes. Look instead upon the Face of Your Beloved Son, for this is the Face of Him in Whom You are well pleased. We now offer You this Holy Face, covered with shame and disfigured by bloody bruises in reparation for the crimes of our age in order to appease Your anger, justly provoked against us. Because Your divine Son, Our Redeemer, has taken upon His Head all the sins of His members, that they might be spared, we now beg of You, Eternal Father, to grant us Mercy. Amen. (Archconfraternity of The Holy Face)

 

Pope Benedict XVI gazes at "Il Volto Santo" The Holy Face of Manoppello
Pope Benedict XVI gazes at “Il Volto Santo” The Holy Face of Manoppello

 

“To express ourselves in accordance with the paradox of the Incarnation we can certainly say that God gave himself a human face, and consequently, from now on, if we truly want to know the Face of God, all we have to do is contemplate the Face of Jesus!  In His Face we truly see who God is and what He looks like!” –Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Francis receives Beautiful copy of the Holy Face of Manoppello

Pope Francis receives Beautiful copy of the Holy Face of Manoppello

Pope Francis was presented with a beautiful copy of the Holy Face of Manoppello in St. Peter’s Square on August 26, 2015 by the Rulli Family.  Thanks to Mr. Raymond Frost, more details can be found at the Holy Face of Manoppello blogspot.

Photos of Il Volto Santo by Paul Badde, Author of The Face of God: The Rediscovery of The Holy Face, Ignatius Press

 

IL VOLTO SANTO, THE HOLY FACE OF MANOPPELLOimage-1

On September 1, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI made his first pilgrimage as Pope to a little mountain village in Manoppello, Italy to venerate a veil with a miraculous image of The Face of Jesus.  One year later, September 1, 2007 he elevated the Church of St. Michael to a Sanctuary Basilica.   Pope Benedict XVI composed a prayer to Il Volto Santo in honor of the anniversary of his visit. Below is a portion of that prayer:

“Show us O Lord, we pray you, Your Face, ever new; that mirror, mystery-laden, of God’s infinite Mercy.  Grant that we may contemplate it with the eyes of our minds, and our hearts:  The Son’s Face, radiance of The Father’s Glory and imprint of His nature.  The human Face of God, suffering and risen, when loved and accepted, changes the heart and life, “Your Face, Lord, do I seek, do not hide Your Face from Me!” (Psalm 27)   (For the entire prayer click here )

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“Il Volto Santo” of Manoppello. Photo: Paul Badde

The sheer byssus veil, which has been described a a “living image” due to its changing appearance, also known as “Il Volto Santo,” has been recently re-discovered: research reveals it to be the prototype of ancient images of Christ in both the Eastern and Western Church.

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Pope Benedict XVI and Sr. Blandina Schlomer, Fr. Heinrich Pfeiffer and Paul Badde center, background.

The face on the veil forensically matches the Face on the Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo.  An excellent book on the extensive research on these images is, “Jesus Christ, The Lamb and The Beautiful Shepherd – The Encounter with the veil of Manoppello” by Sr. Blandina Paschalis Schlomer, who conducted much of the research on the veil.

Gossamer-thin veil of Manoppello Photo by Paul Badde
Gossamer-thin veil of Manoppello
Photo by Paul Badde

Il Volto Santo is a gossamer-thin veil, sheer enough to read through.  This makes the veil very difficult to photograph. The camera can’t seem to focus.  Photos seem flat and distorted compared to what is seen when viewing the veil in person.  Two people standing next to each other  will not see the same thing.  My own experience was seeing the face as a living image, as though it were reflected in a mirror.  The image truly appears as a “living image,” with great detail, which cannot be captured in a photograph.  Gazing upon Il Volto Santo, I experienced the tremendous Mercy of God and indescribable PEACE!

Image of Manoppello Photo by Paul Badde
Image of Manoppello
Photo by Paul Badde

The veil at times seems to disappear.

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Photo of Veil of Manoppello in Reliquary by Paul Badde.

The official website for The Sanctuary of The Holy Face in Manoppello, Italy for pilgrims:

http://www.voltosanto.it/Inglese/paginadx1.php?c=1

Another wonderful site for English-speaking people about Manoppello:

http://holyfaceofmanoppello.blogspot.com/

Look Closely – Our Lady of Guadalupe “Not made by Human Hands”

Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Shroud of Turin, and “Il Volto Santo,” the veil of Manoppello all have something in common.  They are all Acheiropoieta, a Greek word meaning: “made without hand.”  They are said to have come into existence miraculously, not created by a human painter.

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The Holy Face on the Shroud of Turin

The extensive research that has been done on these three images, and the results are astounding.  Although I have not been to Mexico to view the miraculous tilma of Our Lady, I have seen both the Holy Shroud of Turin and the Veil of Manoppello in person.  Studying them has been my own personal passion.

Being an artist, (and near-sighted) I tend to look at things more closely.  I study each little detail, shape, line, form, color, and  value. I may spend hundreds of hours studying while I work.  I can’t help but know every little nuance by the time I am done painting.  Sr. Blandina Paschalis Schloemer, a Trappist nun from Germany, is also an artist, a painter of icons.  Icon painting is very exact when it is done in the traditional manner.  Sr. Schloemer began to notice striking similarities between ancient icons and images of the Face of Christ, and the images on the Shroud of Turin and the Veil of Manoppello.  With the permission of her order the research has become her life’s work as well as part of her vocation.

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Pope Benedict meets Sr. Blandina at the Sanctuary Basilica for the Holy Face of Manoppello. Fr. Heinrich Pfeiffer, S.J. and journalist Paul Badde center.

Her research indicates that both images on the Shroud of Turin and the Manoppello Image are of the same man.  I agree with her, wholeheartedly, although it is not at first glance apparent.   There are also many similarities between these two images  of Jesus’ Face and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  First, all are on a cloth.  The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is on cactus fiber, which should have disintegrated hundreds of years ago according to scientists. The Shroud of Turin is on linen and the Manoppello Image is on woven sea-silk, called byssus.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, pilgrim image beside the Veronica Altar, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photo: Paul Badde, author of The Face of God: The Rediscovery of the True Face of Jesus, Ignatius Press.

Byssus  is more rare and more precious than gold.  Mentioned in the Bible, byssus, has a shimmering, iridescent quality which reflects light. Byssus is extremely delicate, yet strong at the same time. It  resists water, weak acids, bases, ethers or alcohols. It can’t be painted, as it does not retain pigments, it can only be dyed; and then, only purple.  Did I mention that it can last for more than 2000 years?

Another similarity between the Guadalupe image and the Manoppello image is the changeability of the images.  Pilgrims  have related how the image of Our Lady on the tilma appears to change in color, brightness and depth.  Scientists can’t explain how the Guadalupe image appears on the tilma, it is not painted… it is “just there.”  The Shroud of Turin has been described similarly. The veil of Manoppello, or “Il Volto Santo” as it is also known,  is even more incredible, if that can be possible, because in addition to the image being on a veil so sheer that it can be read through, it also changes in detail, color,  and shape.  It even disappears… entirely. It is called a “living image” and so it is.  No two people will see it in the same way.  No single person will see it in the same way twice.

Julian of Norwich, the English mystic of the 14th century,  mentions changeability as a characteristic of the Veil of Veronica in Rome, “the diverse changing of color and countenance, sometime more comfortably life-like, sometime more rueful and death-like.” The Veil of Veronica, it is now believed, was most likely stolen a hundred years later, during the sack of Rome.  But, Julian of Norwichs’ description of the Veil of Veronica certainly fits “Il Volto Santo” of Manoppello.

But, there is more.  There is something about the faces… if you study the faces in particular, especially  the eyes, as one opthamalogist did. On the eyes of Our Lady of Guadalupe, you will notice that something.  Similar research has been done on the eyes of “Il Volto Santo.”  There are delicate, natural, details in all three images that cannot be accomplished without the aid of paint or brush, on a rough, cactus cloth, or on a linen burial shroud or on gossamer-thin sea-silk.  If you have an opportunity, look closely.  Yes, there is something about the faces, and it is something supernatural.  They are not made by human hands, but by the Hand of God.

+Peace in Jesus

The burial veil of Christ in Manoppello
Holy Face of Manoppello, Photo by Paul Badde

 

 

Face of Jesus on veil by Michael Wolgemut, teacher of Albrecht Durer.
Face of Jesus on veil by Michael Wolgemut, teacher of Albrecht Durer. The “Veil of Veronica” in artwork before 1the early 1500’s  resemble the “Il Volto Santo” of Manoppello.

Mystery or “Hoax”?

I would like to add a comment here about an anonymous accusation, by a misguided person, of a “hoax” regarding The Manoppello veil.  The Shroud of Turin, has also been regarded as a hoax by some.  Before making such a serious, baseless accusation, the accusers should study the abundant, meticulous, research and the images themselves, as well as the fruit.  It would be a pretty poor hoax that would draw souls to contemplate the mystery of redemptive suffering on The Face of Christ and be moved to make reparation.  My personal experience in viewing the Manoppello veil was profound. The “Il Volto Santo”, which I can best describe as a living human face, appeared as though it were reflected in a mirror, and could not, in my opinion  be possible – humanly speaking, to create.  It is, like the Shroud of Turin, not a hoax, but a mystery.

Possibly, the reason for the accusation is that some persons are attached to a particular favorite image of the Face of Jesus, and feel their devotion threatened in some way, which it should not be the case at all.  Instead,  unfortunately, they feel they have to throw mud in the face of other images, as well as on the good names of those who have dedicated their lives to research and search for the truth.  That, I believe, is very, very wrong. We may contemplate The Face of Jesus from the moment of The Incarnation to His Passion and Death on The Cross, to His Resurrection and Ascension.  St. Pope John Paul II himself said, ” We cannot stop at the image of The Crucified One.  He is the Risen One!”

The point of contention, for some, seems to be whether or not the “Veil of Veronica” was stolen during the sack of Rome and replaced with a copy, for which there seems to be some evidence. The image known as The Holy Face of Tours was made after **The  “Miracle of the Vatican” which occurred in 1849, during Epiphany; the Holy Face “veil” in the Vatican, after three days, glowed for three hours. The “miracle” was witnessed by numerous people, and copies (Holy Face of Tours) made at that time for public veneration. As great a miracle as it was, it neither proves nor disproves the true origin of the Veil or the existence or non-existence of  St. Veronica, or authenticity of any particular image or revelations. Nor does it tell us anything to shed light on the mystery that has existed for centuries. What it does prove is that at a time of crisis, the Pope Pius IX requested that the veil, which had ceased to be shown in the Vatican, be exposed and after three days, a miracle occurred.   The Church says it was a miracle and I believe it was. The purpose of all miracles are to strengthen us in our faith. 

The history of the veil is very ancient, thus  some stories regarding the “Veronica” veil cannot be verified and so seem to conflict. This should not trouble us, because it changes nothing about the importance and need for Devotion to The Holy Face.  We should never presume to say with absolute certainty that we know all about what God has chosen to be kept hidden.  God will reveal all as He pleases, when He pleases.  In the meantime, all aspects of The Face of Jesus, should be reverenced and discussion should be conducted in all humility and charity.  +Peace in Jesus.

Bl. Pope Pius IX
Bl. Pope Pius IX

** “In January, 1849, (nearly a year after the death of Sr. Marie St. Pierre) His Holiness Pope Pius IX, ordered that public prayers be offered in all the Churches of Rome to ask for God’s mercy upon the pontifical states. This order was given in Gaeta where the Holy Father had been forced to flee, because of revolutions. The Relic of Veronica’s Veil was exposed for public veneration. On the third day, “through another veil of silk which covers the true relic of Veronica’s Veil, and absolutely prevents the features from being distinguished, the Divine Face appeared distinctly, as if living, and was illumined by a soft light; the features assumed a death-like hue, and the eyes, deep-sunken, wore an expression of great pain.” Copies of the True Image were made and distributed. Some were given to the Prioress of the Benedictines at Arras. She, knowing of the revelations to Sr. Mary of St. Peter, sent a few copies of the Image to the Carmel of Tours. Upon receiving them, the Prioress immediately sent two of them to Leo Dupont. His reaction was one of hope that the Devotion to the Holy Face as given to Sr. Mary of St. Peter would be able to spread. The picture was a very

"Holy Face of Tours"
“Holy Face of Tours”

striking one, for in looking at the picture, we can get a true idea what our sins and malice cost the Divine Redeemer. But even more than this, one realizes that it is not the spittle and the bruises that made His agony so fierce. This picture shows the shame and the confusion He endured at being so inhumanly insulted. Here is revealed the Savior’s mental agony.  Indeed, one is irresistibly drawn to love and console Our Sweet Savior when we contemplate His Face.” — Carmel of the Holy Face of Jesus, Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Hague, North Dakota

 

St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face
St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face is most often associated with the “Holy Face of Tours,” the image which was promoted in France in her lifetime; in fact, the whole Martin family joined the Confraternity of the Holy Face. But after the death of St. Therese (in 1897), the first photographic negatives of the Shroud of Turin could be seen thanks to the photographer Secondo Pia in 1898. The sister of St. Therese, Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face (Celine), while marveling at the beautiful photographic negatives of the Face of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin, heard the voice of her sister St. Therese telling her,

Drawing of The Shroud of Turin by Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face (Celine Martin, the sister of St. Therese)
Drawing of The Shroud of Turin by Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face (Celine Martin, the sister of St. Therese)

“Paint Him! Paint Him as He truly is!”  Sr. Genevieve, who was also an excellent artist, rendered a beautiful drawing of the Face on the Shroud of Turin, which won a silver medal in a Canadian exhibition.

Devotion to the Holy Face is not limited to one image; the devotion encompasses contemplation of the Face of Christ from the moment of the Incarnation onward, as He was formed and hidden in His Mother’s womb, and continuing through His Life, Death, and Resurrection. As Pope St. John Paul II has said, “We cannot stop at the image of the Crucified One; He is the Risen One!” While there are many beautiful images of the Face of Christ, the great gift of the Holy Face of Manoppello has been made known to the world in our time to give us hope in His Mercy, His Peace in the midst of trial, and to shine the light of His Face upon us–bringing light to our darkness.

Holy Face of Manoppello, Italy Photo: Paul Badde
Holy Face of Manoppello, Italy Photo: Paul Badde

“This Year of Mercy invites us to discover the core; to return to what is essential. This time of mercy calls us to look at the true Face of Our King, the one that shines out at Easter, to rediscover the youthful, beautiful Face of the Church…” –Pope Francis, close of the Year of Mercy. November 20, 2016

5 thoughts on “Manoppello Image

  1. Steve Hausser December 31, 2015 / 5:38 am

    I believe the Shroud to be authentic. This face does not resemble the Shroud. It looks like a poor painting.

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    • patriciaenk December 31, 2015 / 6:36 am

      Thank you, Steve, for your comment. Although at first glance it does not appear to match the Shroud of Turin; the veil of Manoppello forensically matches the Shroud of Turin according to detailed research done by Trappist Sr. Blandina Schlomer. The changeable image, which appears life-like in person, is extremely difficult to capture in a photograph because light passes through the byssus veil which is more sheer than nylon. Byssus cannot be painted and even the most skillful painting on canvas cannot change in appearance or disappear entirely. Please look at the other photographs of the veil on the blog and you will get a better idea of the changeability of the image. I have seen the veil in person and can only tell the truth of what I saw: an unpainted, changing image, which when I knelt before it appeared as a living human face. +Peace in Jesus

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      • Andrew Pawlaczyk November 7, 2016 / 6:47 pm

        The manopello image has no miracles, unlike the veil of Veronica from the Vatican that luminated for 3 hours. The Venerable Leo DuPont had so many miracles from a copy of that image. So what proof is there that the manopello image is the Veil of Veronica, there is none. But if the manopello image is the Veil of Veronica, then what you are saying is that all the Popes, Cardinals, Priests who say the Veil of Veronica is in St. Peter’s are lying for over 500 years. Really that’s what you are saying? Beware of falsehoods, they can lead you away from the truth and come to
        question the truth of the True Church. God Bless You

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      • patriciaenk November 8, 2016 / 4:06 am

        Dear Andrew, You are incorrect to say that the Manoppello Veil has had no miracles. The veil itself is an ongoing miracle! Also, I have seen archival room at the Sanctuary Basilica in Manoppello filled top to bottom with crutches, thanksgiving votives, paintings, sculptures and letters in thanksgiving for miracles received. I do not say the Church is lying. What I am saying is that there is an inconsistency in the appearance of the veil which is a mystery. I believe that we must be honest about that…to shine the light of truth on the subject. For example, there are at several churches that claim to have the chalice from the Last Supper, and several who also claim to have the pilar of scourging. They may sincerely believe that each is true, but there can only be one. It is a mystery. Miracles are never based on an object,but on the faith of the person. I don’t understand your animosity towards the Face of Jesus on the Veil of Manoppelo. Contemplating his Face has helped me to grow deeper in love with Jesus and the Church….quite the opposite of leading me away. +Peace in Jesus, Patricia

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