The Veil of Manoppello to Visit the Philippines This Month

clip_image001The Filipino media group, Inquirer, is reporting: 

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Catholics will have a chance to venerate a piece of cloth bearing what the faithful believe is an original imprint of the face of Jesus Christ.

Known as the “The Holy Face of Jesus from Manoppello,” the veil will be in the Philippines on September 10 to 17 directly from a tour of the US West Coast and Las Vegas, according to a post on the website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

Also called “The Veil of Manoppello,” it has been housed for 500 years in the Capuchin Friary in Abruzzo, Pescara, near Rome.

The veil has drawn pilgrims to the obscure hilltop village following the visits of then Pope Benedict XVI to the shrine early in his pontificate.

“These papal visits have since called attention to the veil’s significance in the history of Christ’s life on earth,” according to the CBCP post.

It added that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was reported to have been drawn to Manoppello after receiving the first printed copy of The Face of God, a book by German author Paul Badde, which covers 10 years of intensive studies on the veil by professors, scientists, iconographic experts, and authorities of the Catholic Church.

[ . . . ]

The CBCP post said that while its origins were largely anecdotal, years of scientific study and historical research now report the veil as having the following attributes:

* The faces on the more famous Shroud of Turin and that on the Manoppello Veil coincide perfectly;

* Both images are “acheiropoietas,” meaning they could not have been made by human hands;

* The veil—measuring a mere 7 x 10 inches—is dated between the time of the Christ’s Crucifixion and the Resurrection.

* The Shroud of Turin shows the image of a man with closed eyes and fresh wounds, while that on the Manoppello veil features a face with open eyes and closed wounds.

For a list of times and places see the full news account.

Click to enlarge picture.