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“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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“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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The September novena kicks off

On Thursday 19 September the novena of preparation for the Solemnity of St. Michael the Archangel will begin. Nine days characterized by prayer, meditation and ecclesiality. The program, in fact, provides for the solemn recital of the angelic Crown and the celebration of Holy Mass (with vespers) during which Mons.…...

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“Love for neighbor”: the thought of Sunday

Fifteenth Sunday of ordinary time. Love for God and neighbor is the essential Christian and the soul of the commandments. With the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus explains today who is next. Unlike the priest and the Levite, the Samaritan helps those in need: he does not ask who…...

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