The Holy Veil of Manoppello: The Human Face of God

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  • The Holy Veil of Manoppello: The Human Face of God
  • The horrific 1915 earthquake that leveled tiny Manoppello, Italy brought forth from the rubble a most precious relic.

The horrific 1915 earthquake that levelled tiny Manoppello, Italy, brought forth from the local church's rubble one of Christendom's long-lost, but most precious relics: the small cloth that lay on Jesus's face in the tomb.

Saint John speaks of it in his Gospel: When Peter went into the tomb, he saw linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Tradition says that Our Lady herself laid this cloth on His face before He was wrapped in His shroud for burial.

This small veil now known as the Holy Face of Manoppello absorbed the very first new breath of the Risen Christ . . . and at that same instant had imprinted on itself, miraculously, a vivid image of the now-resurrected Jesus.

Modern scholars have confirmed that this image corresponds perfectly in all its measurements to the face of the dead Christ on the more famous Shroud of Turin.

Unlike the Shroud, however, the Holy Face of Manoppello shows not the grim visage of a dead man with eyes closed, but the lively face of the living Christ, His eyes wide open, piercing us with their gaze.

In 2006, Pope Benedict made a pilgrimage to Manoppello to pray before this image. In the decade since then, tens of thousands of other pilgrims have followed in the Pope's footsteps, making the trek to central Italy to meet Jesus face-to-face.

Now, thanks to author Paul Badde you can learn of the loss and recovery of this precious relic. Better yet, by means of the dozens of color pictures in this book, you, too, can encounter this miraculous cloth, and finally gaze reverently on the face of the living Christ Himself!

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  • 5 Mar 14th 2019
    The Holy Veil of Manoppelo

    Very interesting book. I was unaware of this Holy Veil and found it quiet intriguing to know that this had covered the face of Jesus at the time of His burial. What an awesome find! Just looking at the picture of Jesus and what He really looked like makes Him seem so much more real. This Veil has been through so much to protect it and to finally have it in the possession of the Catholic Church and the Public at this time of turmoil is another miracle to show us that we are not alone

    Cindy Benoit

  • 5 Mar 13th 2019
    Beautiful Read about the Holy Veil

    I first bought the book to read and found it beautiful, enlightening and meditative, especially now during the season of Lent. Bought copies to give to priests who are friends for an Ordination Anniversary gift for 2019 on their respective dates, and to friends for an Easter gift.


  • 5 Mar 13th 2019

    I am reading a little a day and studying Jesus's face. Wonderful

    Mary Cline

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