Wednesday, November 29, 2017

More Photos from Enthronement of Holy Face at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto, California

Fr. Lawrence Goode, Pastor of St. Francis of Asissi Church, giving spanish language commentary for Power Point slide presentation before the Mass, Procession and Enthronement Ceremony.  The Power Point presentation was prepared by Fr. Carmine Cucinelli, O.F.M., Cap., Rector of the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello, with technical assistance from Sr. Petra-Maria Steiner.  This presentation is a great help in understanding in a short time the story of the Holy Face of Manoppello.  We are very grateful to Fr. Carmine and Sr. Petra-Maria for allowing us to use it.  

Here it can be seen how the church of St. Francis has tried to emulate the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello in displaying the Holy Face in a prominent place above the tabernacle where it can be seen at all Masses and whenever private visits are made to the Blessed Sacrament.

The joy of all during the procession after Mass and blessing by Fr. Goode with the Holy Face of the four directions around the parish and  all of the San Francisco Bay Area,

The sacred dance of joy and devotion before the Holy Face.

Thanks to Hanna Hoang for these photos.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Enthronement of the Holy Face in St. Francis of Assisi Church, East Palo Alto, California November 11, 2017

A church filled with parishioners and pilgrims both young and old joyfully celebrated the Enthronement of the Holy Face in the parish church of St. Francis of Assisi of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  A special framed image of the Holy Face, a replica of the image in Manoppello, donated by Mrs. Daisy Neves, was installed above the tabernacle of the church.  

After presiding at the Votive Mass of the Holy Face the pastor, Fr. Lawrence Goode, led a procession with the Holy Face around the grounds of the parish, blessing the area and the streets in four directions with the image of the Holy Face.   

Returning to the church, Fr. Goode read the prayer of Enthronement in English and Spanish, as well as the prayer of Pope Benedict XVI to the Holy Face.  All parish associations participated in the event.  The parish is known for having many different ethnic groups including Mexican, Filipino, Tongan, and African American and all were represented at the Mass, procession and Enthronement. 

Prior to the Mass a presentation on the Holy Face of Manoppello was given in the Church in English and Spanish by Fr. Goode and Raymond Frost.  Promoters of the devotion to the Holy Face who were present at the celebration included Mrs. Daisy Neves, Mrs. Augustine Pham and Deacon Christoph Sandoval of St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.  

Raymond Frost, Daisy Neves, Fr. Lawrence Goode, Augstine Pham, Deacon Christoph Sandoval

St. Francis Church is centrally located near Stanford University about 20 miles distant from both San Francisco and San Jose. The Holy Face has been venerated in the church of St. Francis in East Palo Alto since 2008.  Fr. Carmine Cucinelli, Rector of the Shrine of the Holy Face of Manoppello, visited the church in 2014, celebrating Mass and giving a talk on the Holy Face.  Fr. Cucinelli sent a special letter to mark the Enthronement of the Holy Face at St. Francis.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Enthronement of the Holy Face at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto, California on November 11

      Enthronement of the Holy Face

       St. Francis of Assisi Church
   1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto
               Saturday November 11

5pm Talk on Holy Face
6pm Mass with Procession and Enthronement Ceremony
                         “Your Face O Lord I Seek” Psalm 27

The Pastor Fr. Lawrence Goode will Enthrone a Framed Copy of the Holy Face during the Saturday 6pm Vigil Mass

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Celebration on Sept. 17 for Father Domenico da Cese

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Basilica del Volto Santo – Manoppello (PE)

            Basilica of the Holy Face - Manoppello (PE)

                     Servant of God 
      Father Domenico da Cese


                Apostle of the Holy Face
        on the 39° Anniversary of his death

  Sunday September 17 2017

3:30pm -  San Damiano Hall: Welcome

4pmThe Figure of Father Domenico da Cese. Current Research
Introduced by: Father Carmine Cucinelli, Rector of the Shrine. 

Speakers: Father Eugenio Di Gianberardino, Vice-postulator of the cause of  beatification, 
Sr. Petra-Maria Steiner, Antonio Bini

5:30pm - Holy Mass. Presided by Father Simone Calvarese, Vice Provincial of the Capuchin Friars of Abruzzo

Friday, June 23, 2017

Paul Badde's Book on Pope Benedict XVI Released


THE INSIDE STORY OF EIGHT DRAMATIC YEARS. Paul Badde offers a unique glimpse into the drama of Pope Benedict's pontificate. In addition to highlighting the various historical accomplishments of Benedict XVI, Badde also chronicles the almost superhuman struggle against overwhelming hostilities that formed against this shy and exceedingly kind man who, among many other accomplishments, brought the Holy Face of Manoppello to the notice of the whole world.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Impressions of Louis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on The Veil of Manoppello

Patricia Enk, the editor of the Illumina Domine blog has posted the video of a part of an interview by Antonio Bini with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.  The Cardinal of Manila is quite eloquent in his description of the spiritual and religious significance of the Holy Face of Manoppello.  The interview was conducted on May 20, 2017 during the days of celebration of the annual feast of the Holy Face held in May each year in Manoppello.  Thanks are due to Sr. Petra-Maria Steiner for providing the video and to Patricia Enk for not only posting the video but also for the english subtitles for the interview which was conducted in Italian.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

"It is the Lord"

photo by Paul Badde/EWTN

this article originally appeared at

"It is the Lord!"

Paul Badde on Cardinal Luis Tagle's visit to Manoppello

No word of the Gospel describes the sudarium of Christ in Manoppello better than the touching story of John, where Jesus at dawn is on the shore of Lake Genezareth and asks his disciples: "Son, have you nothing to eat?" They reply: "No." Then He said to them, "Cast your net from the other side of the boat and you will find it." They cast the net and could no longer pull it up for the great amount of fish. " Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!"  DOMINUS EST  is also the motto on the coat of arms of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of the megalopolis of Manila and Primate of the Philippines, who visited last Saturday and Sunday the town in Abruzzi from which comes a small thin veil which for years has moved the hearts of millions of his faithful in distant Asia.

Urbi et Orbi: Manoppello and the world

Rain had been predicted.  In Rome there was a terrible deluge that flooded the basements, yet in Manoppello not even a drop fell. Already on Saturday pilgrims from Moscow, the Philippines, all over Italy and Europe surrounded the holy sudarium which was brought down from the high altar to await  the annual procession. Prior to the Mass of 7.30am, the cardinal, 59 years old, smiling and youthful, had blessed Urbi et Orbi with the Face of God, though in this case we should say rather: Manoppello and the world.

photo by Antonio Bini

For the solemn mass of 9.30am not even a needle could get into the small basilica, while bursts of fireworks in the valleys around Manoppello announced the great feast of the Holy Face,  celebrated here every year since 1712 on the third Sunday of May . Right here, in this corner of the earth - Cardinal Tagle explained at the beginning of his homily - the pastor one day followed his flock when he spoke of the "lively, dynamic and widespread devotion of the Holy Face" in the Philippines and Manila , where in January 2015, during the visit of Pope Francis, he could greet six million participants (!) at the final gathering in Rizal Park. The Philippines is the most Catholic nation in Asia.

The Face of Truth

In his passionate homily the Cardinal first mentioned John's word in the gospel of this Sunday:
"Still a little while, and the world will never see me again; You will see me because I live and you will live. "

"This word is fulfilled today, in this assembly," he continued categorically. "Now we see the face of Jesus. Let's see why He lives now in our midst. We see it and we do not die, unlike the ancient men, who thought they would be dead if they had seen God. On the contrary: if we look at the Face of Jesus, we receive life and strength from Him.We see Jesus and we live! We see Jesus and we live! "

Already after his arrival on the previous night he had called the face on the veil of  marine byssus the Face of Truth, that veil which until 1527 had long been revered in Rome as "Veil of Veronica".  This would have been his first impression when he saw the living image for the first time, which he had previously known only through the copies he had been given. He had "felt embraced and welcomed by this gaze full of tenderness in a face which speaks, that is alive and does not incur any fear. It's the Face of Truth. "

"But how is it possible for us to see Jesus?" he asks again. "As sinners we have neither merit nor the right to see His face. But we see it and we live. How is it possible?"

photo by Paul Badde/EWTN

Cast the nets - and take on loads of fish

Also John's Gospel responds to this according to the Cardinal. "Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father and I will love him and I will show myself to him." "In strict logic we would not see the face of Jesus, we should say more precisely that He shows us His face, He shows His Face and looks at us, so we see. It is pure grace, pure unconditional love, but from Him. He manifests his face, his true self. And there is no other reason, except the love that He has for us. "

"This face however is not only to be seen, but also to be heard.  Because Jesus' face is the human face of the word of God and of his commandments. And his commandments show us the way for peace, freedom, forgiveness. In the face of Jesus we see the One who has fully realized the commandment of the love of God and neighbor. In Him are visible the commandments of the one who said to us: 'Come to Me all of you who are weary and heavy laden.'

Yet what we have seen and heard and what we see and hear in this place, we have to share it with others. Jesus is our hope of hope. "His love for us and his triumph over death is the reason for our hope!

We see the face of Jesus because He manifests himself here.  It is the face of God who loves who has spoken to us. "

The shepherd and fisherman's homily lasts fifteen minutes and thirty seconds, up to the last "Amen". Then Cardinal Tagle goes to the new bishop's chair at the right side of the chancel, which now seems to have been placed especially here for him in the basilica, and takes his pastoral staff in his hand. When he finally goes to the altar to preside over the Eucharistic celebration, there is no longer any doubt that this charismatic fisherman from now on will "throw the net again from the right side of the boat" and pull it on "full of fish."

From the Tarigni hill to the church of San Nicola

First, however, on the same Sunday, after having celebrated solemn Mass, he led, together with Father Carmine Cucinelli and the other Capuchins of the Basilica, the procession, with hymns and prayers, of the sudarium of Christ from the Basilica of the Holy Face down the Tarigni Hill to the church of St. Nicholas in the town of Manoppello, followed by a long line of pilgrims. Though perhaps it was just two miles down the road, but Cardinal Tagle of Manila this morning has turned them into a milestone on the long road of the return of the true image of God into the world.

photo by Antonio Bini

Taking into account all the possibilities and weighing each of them, there is no reasonable alternative to the hypothesis that the holy veil of Manoppello is identified with that "sudarium" (in Greek: soudarion) that evangelist John discovered for the first time in the empty tomb of Christ in Jersualem on Easter morning and cites in his Easter Gospel (see Jn 20: 7).

Theses days no sermon, no matter how intense, can reinforce more faithfully  the weak faith of Christianity in the resurrection of Christ from the dead than this sudarium of Christ. In Jesus, God has shown His face, there is to be no further manifestation. Even though we do not know WHAT we expect after death, we know WHO is waiting for us. "It is the Lord!"

There is little more to say about the face of Christ on his sudarium than: DOMINUS EST.

photo by Paul Badde/EWTN