Veil of Manoppello Sparking New Interest in America

CNA: The Shrine to the Holy Face of Christ tucked into Italy’s Appennine mountains is starting to catch the attention of the world, particularly that of American Catholics.

“We have a lot of Italians, of course, and many Germans but now we’re seeing more and more pilgrims from the U.S.,” said Sister Blandina Paschalis Schloemer, a Trappist nun and daily pilgrim that lives within eye-shot of the shrine.

The modest basilica there houses a curious image of the face of Jesus Christ. Depending on the light, it is at times visible and at others transparent.

The True Icon

Sr. Paschalis Schloemer herself proved that the face is exactly proportionate to that on the Shroud of Turin, but whereas in the Shroud Christ’s eyes are closed here they are open. Read more here.

On our November 2007 issue of the Mancipia, Maike Hickson contributed a fascinating article about the Holy Veil of Manoppello, which could be the actual Veil of Veronica. You can read my article about it here with a link to Maike’s magnificent study on this little-known Relic of all relics.