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San Gennaro: A Traditional Catholic Neapolitan Feast
Wednesday, September 28TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
San Gennaro: A Traditional Catholic Neapolitan Feast   If you go to Naples on September 19th you will find a huge crowd of people celebrating the day of San Gennaro, a bishop and a martyr from Pozzuoli, canonized by the Catholic Church. This day is extremely important to Neapolitans, as San Gennaro is the patron saint of the city. The feast of San Gennaro involves prayer, processions and celebrations, and is usually based around a fixed program held in the Duomo of Naples. One of the most important events is linked to an emotional ritual, rich in hope and devotion: the liquefaction of the...
Religion in Italy
Tuesday, January 12TH, 2010 by admin
Pope Benedict XVI Please check also our  Religious News from Italy Religion is an all-pervasive force in Italy, and one cannot know the true nature of this country and its people without understanding the role faith plays in Italian life. Those travelling to Italy have no choice but to visit the churches, shrines and monasteries if they want to get to know some of the greatest art and architecture ever created. Not to mention the great masterpieces of the Renaissance are mostly religious in nature. Unlike many churches in other European countries, the churches in Italy are not museums, and...
Preparation for Pilgrimage
Monday, February 23TH, 2009 by admin
Create your own pilgrimage adventure! Increasing numbers of seekers are taking off on pilgrimage to quench a spiritual thirst. That is why James and Colleen Heater from Nevada City, California wrote The Pilgrim’s France and The Pilgrim’s Italy, as an answer to their own quest when searching for sacred sites in these two delightful countries. They have learned much from their travels and want to share the following tips with those souls seeking more meaningful travel experiences. Don’t bite off more than you can meditate onPlan your itinerary to include rest and relaxation. You will receive...
Religious Tourist Books
Monday, February 23TH, 2009 by admin
Nevada City, California, — The Pilgrim’s Italy: A Travel Guide to the Saints by James and Colleen Heater has been revised and updated. Published by Inner Travel Books, this second edition provides pilgrims with vital information for visiting profound pilgrimage sites in Italy, meditating on the lives of the saints, and experiencing their blessings. Spiritual travelers and pilgrims of all faiths will appreciate the addition of up-to-date information on two revived ancient pilgrimage routes, the Via Francigena and the Cammino di Francesco. The Via  Francigena originates in Canterbury, England...
Religions of Italy
Wednesday, December 17TH, 2008 by admin
Before Christianity gained a firm grip on the people of Italy, ancient Romans worshipped a series of gods and goddesses. There were so many gods and goddesses that each one had a particular role in governing various areas of worshippers' lives. For example, the goddess Juno was believed to watch over the women of Rome, and it was to Juno that they prayed for guidance, along with Minerva, who was known as the goddess of wisdom. Mars was considered an important god because he ruled over the wars, and Jupiter was the god of the sky. Of course, as Christianity was...
Cultura Italiana: Natale
Tuesday, November 25TH, 2008 by admin
Available in Inglese: Christmas in Italy Christmas in Milan La festa del Natale e' considerata, quasi in tutto il mondo, la festa piu' importante dell'anno. Viene celebrata il 25 dicembre e per il popolo cristiano si festeggia la nascita di Gesu' Cristo. In realta' il Natale ha origini pagane. Ai tempi dell'antica Roma era il giorno dedicato all'adorazione del Dio Mitra, che rappresentava il Sole, ed era appunto legato al passaggio del sole. Successivamente intorno al IV-V secolo D.C., con il diffondersi del Cristianesimo, al culto di Mitra e' stato sostituito quello di Gesu' che anche...
Sacred Mountains of Italy
Saturday, September 06TH, 2008 by admin
Shrines, Chapels and other Secrets in the Mountains of Italy Be sure to read part two of this article! A Sacro Monte among the woods Among the wooded foothills and rocky promontories of Italy's rugged landscape lie numerous mountain shrines and chapels. Founded by local saints, hermits or more often by the discovery of a miraculous icon or statue, these sacred mountains and their shrines are still popular destinations for the faithful. Most of these mountain shrines are dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Mysteries of the Rosary, however others venerate popular patron saints like Francis...
Italy's Mysterious Relics
Saturday, September 06TH, 2008 by admin
Shortly after the crucifixion of Jesus, a small rag-tag group known as Christians began to make its mark in the heart of the old Roman Empire. Within the next few centuries this once highly persecuted religious sect became the official religion of Rome - effectively wiping out the old pagan faith. Since that time, emperors, popes, missionaries, crusaders and merchants have filled Italian churches with relics of martyrs and artifacts purportedly belonging to Jesus and the Apostles. The relic trade was at its height in medieval Europe and Italian cities felt that having the remains of a popular...
Temples of Damanhur in Northern Italy
Wednesday, August 27TH, 2008 by admin
Hall of Mirrors - Damanhur The quiet Valchiusella valley, close to Torino in Northern Italy hides a secret below ground. Unknown to most visitors and for a time even the Italian Government this valley is home to a bewildering temple complex known as the Temples of Damanhur. The vast underground temples were begun thirty years ago by a man who now goes by the name of Falco, following his lifelong vision. From a handful of followers digging under a house, the temples and the movement known as Damanhur have grown considerably.   Temples of Damanhur: Origins Damanhur started with the visions...
Incorruptible Saints
Saturday, August 23TH, 2008 by admin
Visitors to certain Italian churches are often shocked by the display of a corpse, dressed in religious vestments and encased in a glass coffin at the high altar or in the crypt. What is most shocking is that many of these bodies are hundreds of years old and yet are still in excellent condition. These are the bodies of the mysterious incorruptibles, pious individuals whose remains do not decompose after death. The phenomenon of Incorruptibility is taken as a powerful sign of saintliness in the Catholic Church and most of these individuals have already been canonized. In the past when bodies...

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