“Michael’s path” is a project aimed at enhancing and promoting the cult of the Archangel in the world, which was born with the aim of aggregating the seven most important places dedicated to the Celestial Prince of the Old Continent, so as to obtain the recognition of Via Micaelica as a cultural itinerary of the Council of Europe: the so-called “Sacred Line of St. Michael”, which begins in Ireland and, crossing England, France, Italy and Greece, ends in the Holy Land.
In this “path”, one of the most well-known sacred centers is the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel: it stands on an islet on the Norman coast where in the 8th century Saint Michael appeared and expressed his desire for a church to be built there. The recipient of the angelophany was Bishop Oberto who sent Benedictine monks to the Gargano to take a stone from the mystical cave to place it in the foundations of the new building.
On January 10, ideally retracing the steps of those pious emissaries, the new rector of the famous French sanctuary arrived as a pilgrim to Monte Sant’Angelo. After receiving the welcome of Fr. Ladisalo Suchy, fr. Pierre Doat visited the entire sanctuary structure and, then, in the presence of the city authorities and a large number of faithful gathered, he concelebrated the Eucharist at the feet of the common angelic Patron: «Our common mission is to announce that Heaven he is close to the Earth: and Saint Michael makes him closer to us since he accompanies every step of our journey towards Paradise.” Finally, thanking the Michelite Fathers for the gift of a statue of the Archangel, the transalpine religious underlined the importance of supporting and strengthening the ties between the two sanctuaries, concluding: «We are united in prayer!».
In the afternoon, the French delegation was hosted in the Municipality for institutional greetings.
The event represented the first appointment of those who will register in “Monte Sant’Angelo Cultural Capital of Puglia for 2024”.