Category: Myths and religions

  • Archangel Michael, the origins of the cult

    Archangel Michael, the origins of the cult

    A sword stroke resounds in the air; as if driven by tongues of unquenchable fire, it shakes the powers of heaven. The wings of Archangel Michael open mightily, his loose hair is shaken by an imperious quiver. Terrible in his gait, he hurls himself at the enemy with a battle cry: “Mīkā’el, who is like…

  • The Sanctuary of St. Michael on Mount Gargano

    The Sanctuary of St. Michael on Mount Gargano

    The monumental St. Michael’s Cave, on the Gargano promontory in northern Apulia, is a holy place since time immemorial. It is the place where the Sublime and the encounter with the divine are manifested. According to tradition, the cave was chosen by Archangel Michael, the commander of the celestial militia, as a house of worship…

  • La Verna Sanctuary, there is not a more holy mountain

    La Verna Sanctuary, there is not a more holy mountain

    The Sanctuary of La Verna is not only a physical place, it is the witness of something that dwells in the soul, of a mystery that no man could explain. In its intimate silences, verdant woods, among rocks of mystical essence, St. Francis received the stigmata on September 14, 1224, as historiography attests1. On the…

  • The Sanctuary of Oropa, nigra sum sed formosa

    The Sanctuary of Oropa, nigra sum sed formosa

    A well-established folk tradition, widespread among the valleys of Biella in Piedmont, states that St. Eusebius brought the Black Madonna to the Sanctuary of Oropa. Eusebius, the first bishop of Vercelli since 345, was a fervent opponent of the Arianism. When he refused to subscribe the edicts of the Council of Milan (355), which affirmed…

  • The Holy Shroud, among science, history and mystery

    The Holy Shroud, among science, history and mystery

    Since its appearance in 1356, the Holy Shroud has generated various and contrasting emotions, theories and beliefs. It represents one of the greatest and most unsolved mysteries of humanity. The image, preserved in Turin, is impressed on a linen cloth and has an incomparable symbolic value that goes beyond the simple material. What is the…

  • The search for the Holy Grail, the chalice of Christ

    The search for the Holy Grail, the chalice of Christ

    While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.  Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I…

  • St. Galgano and the sword in the stone

    St. Galgano and the sword in the stone

    A proud knight, the Holy Grail, the sword in the stone and Camelot… or Tuscany! Among enchanting natural landscapes, in a place shrouded in essential mysticism and of extraordinary historical importance, stands the Hermitage of Montesiepi. Here hides a great mystery: a legendary sword was embedded in the stone by a saint. And just beyond,…

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