San Gennaro between miracles and reality

San-Gennaro

It's said Italy was a country of Saints, poets and navigators. There's no more trace of the poets and navigators but, fortunately, there are traces of the Saints. All the Italian towns are voted to a Saint and one of these is San Gennaro, well-known for his miracle. Who was San Gennaro? San Gennaro was born between Naples and Benevento in 272 AD (t...

All Souls' Day (Commemorazione dei defunti) and the Italian tradition

All Souls' Day, painting by Jakub Schikaneder, 1888

November 2nd is All Souls' Day, a Catholic feast dedicated to the memorial of the dead which, according to tradition, can be dated back to ancient times. This day, in almost every country, the dead are remembered with different rituals and customs, yet the aim is just one: give some consolation to the souls of the dead. Although the tradition might...

The marvelous life of Padre Pio

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was a presbyter of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin who was born on May 23, 1887, in Pietrelcina, Italy, to die 81 years later on September 23, 1968, in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. The Catholic Church recognized him as a Saint on June 16th 2002, on which the aforementioned John Paul II, decreed him Saint. Since then, the...

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