Raffaele di Iasio

“Deliver us from the dragon”: the Archbishop at the feet of the Archangel

On the afternoon of March 25, the day on which the Church celebrates the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary, Monsignor Franco Moscone rose penitently to the Mount of the Archangel. The Pastor of the Diocese of Manfredonia – Vieste – San Giovanni Rotondo wished to celebrate the Divine Mysteries in…...

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“From dark to Light”: the thought of Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Lent. Jesus is the light of the world. Light and water are divine symbols and essential elements of the Gospel story, which immediately indicate the goal: Christian Baptism. The blind man is an itinerary from dark to light, on a path that starts from the recognition of…...

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Suspension of Holy Masses: the press release of the Rector

In compliance with the Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers and the provisions of the Apulian Episcopal Conference, the celebrations of the Holy Masses open to the public are suspended from 9 March to 3 April 2020, while the opening of the Basilica Sanctuary of San Michele…...

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“To be an authentic nativity scene”: the bishop’s wishes

Almost a year after his episcopal consecration and his establishment in the Sipontine-Gargano diocese, Mons. Franco Moscone sent Christmas greetings to his diocesan people. Christmas it must commit our existence to shedding light on an individualistic and polluted society, which tries to push aside Christian values, which proposes a culture…...

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Go up, pray, walk

A few days before the Feast of San Michele, Mons. Franco Lovignana arrived at the Shrine. Leading a diocesan pilgrimage dedicated to the sacred destinations of the Gargano, on 1 October the Bishop of Aosta visited the places full of history and spirituality of the Basilica. The reflection proposed during…...

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The Mass of Thanksgiving

If the celebration of 28 September “dissociates” from the novena and already takes on the meaning of solemn eve, that of 30 has now become consolidated as the last offshoot of the Celebrations in honor of San Michele and as a moment of thanksgiving. It is as if this appointment…...

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The procession: a journey of “relationship”

A much awaited religious event, full of a profound meaning of faith, sonship and devotion, is without a doubt the Procession of September 29th. The Statue and the Sword, carried through the streets of the City, characterize the ideal presence of the Archangel who “goes out” from the Grotto and…...

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The dress … of the Feast

You know, for a party you wear an elegant and beautiful dress, a dress worthy of the circumstance. The circumstance in question is the Solemnity of St. Michael the Archangel on September 29th: a liturgical feast that usually “attracts” thousands of faithful but which this year, falling on a Sunday,…...

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Protector of the City

The Celebration of September 28th officially inaugurates the Celebrations in honor of San Michele: a moment very much felt by the population as it is considered as the “intimate” meeting between the City and its Patron. The traditional offer of wax (better “of the candles”) on the part of the…...

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The beauty of being of God

“In a world of superficiality, in which pleasure is sought for pleasure and capricious hedonism, in a world where children are continually distracted by a thousand temptations and provocations, if a young person publicly chooses before the Church to want Jesus as the only one good of his life, one…...

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