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e la Nuova Pompei

Year 125 - English Edition: Year 26 - No.1 - January/February 2009 www.santuario.it

May Your Christmas,

Lord Jesus,

bring peace to the world!


3 - Economic crisis and poverty:

uphill start for 2009

by Angelo Scelzo

4 - Recalling the visit of the Holy Father

Benedict XVI at Pompeii

by Carlo Liberati

6 - Love changes the world.

To defeat evil, it is possible!

by Fabio Zavattaro

8 - In time of crisis

restarting from the outcast

by Guido Bossa

10 - October at Pompeii:

the other events in the month of the Rosary

by Marida D’Amora

14 - For over a century

in the service of Love

by Concetta Fabbricatore

15 - With Jesus Christ

in the hearth of the world

by Isa Di Domenico

16 - Lazarus and his two sisters:

Martha and Mary

by Settimio Cipriani

19 - When Peace becomes road

by Giuseppe Acanfora

20 - The Rosary, a prayer for life

by Francesco Paolo Soprano

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E d i t o r i a l

by Angelo Scelzo

Economic crisis and poverty:

uphill start for 2009

The first decade of the new millennium is

about to run out its course. The twenty-first

century is still in its initial steps but begins

to take shape. The debut was catastrophic.

September 11, 2001, has become the sign

of a history that is going against man, rather

than a date.

Nothing is any longer like before, after that

explosion of ferocity that has ravaged even

the boundaries between terrorism and war


The stain of that massacre, shifted on all

mankind, continues to obscure a future, which,

meanwhile, during these eight years, has

continued generating tensions and making

raise new worries.

2009 presents itself with an unequivocal

visiting card: it is the year of the great economic

crisis. For many countries, including

Italy, the recession is not only a risk but also

a reality difficult to cope.

After years of failures caused by a creative

finance that has trampled all sorts of ethical

values, burning immense resources, the crisis

has poured now on real economy, where the

fall-off of jobs weighs terribly on the whole

social body.

Poverty, in a system based on consumption,

has expanded excessively its area and the

gap with the areas of welfare has become

almost unbearable.

Leaving aside the formulas used by economists,

is to be observed, very simply, that

the rich have become richer and the poor

increasingly poor.

This may seem a simple sociological observation,

but actually it means an impressive

number of lives. Our thoughts go to the peoples

of Africa and of any other corner of a

globalized world that exports primarily its

contradictions. They are the last of the row

that pay first, and in a harder way, the bill

of a crazy economy, devastated first by the

banking system, which, more than any other,

should have protected it.

Whereas in Italy - and Europe - we are

called to tackle the pangs of the crisis, the

drama is that in the weakest areas the sick

economy has already passed to carnages.

Nightmares return that seemed finally defeated:

cholera in Zimbabwe, hunger in the

regions of Sahel, drought, diseases...: all the

sad store that accompanies in every step the

life of the poor and leads them towards the

most tragic of drifts: war.

In a world increasingly divided between

rich and poor, to the conflicts belongs, almost

always, the last but bloody word.

When this happens - and it increasingly happens

- the chorus of condemnations, from almost

all the international bodies and the

States themselves - is always unanimous. But

hypocrisy does not allow moving forward.

On this front, condemnations and warnings

often lack an essential element: credibility,

and therefore they fall on deaf ears.

While the Pope is preparing to make, in the

coming months, his first travel to Africa, we

cannot forget that - on this front - almost

only the Church has the right to speak. A

right won through love and dedication to

the poor, and concretely built also on the


A few months have passed, but the emotion

of the visit of Benedict XVI at Pompeii

is still very alive, not only in Campania,

but throughout Italy. It was an event of the

Church that has shown the vitality of an old

and, at the same time, new faith.

Pompeii, with its Works and the desire to look

ahead and enrich its already rich heritage

of social charity, indicated a model for the

entire ecclesial reality.

Benedict has come, in a sense, to bless the

topicality of the Marian city, and the privilege

of its foundation, actually carried out

by a layman, using the same usual material:


Bartolo Longo, even today, does not come

from a far-off world. He continues to go

along the same roads and - in different ways

- he is still looking for collaborators to continue

carrying on his work.

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Recalling the visit of the Holy Father

Benedict XVI at Pompeii

In the encounters that Divine Providence

allowed me to have with the

Holy Father Benedict XVI after his

election as Supreme Pontiff, which

took place in Rome on April 19,

2005, I immediately turned to His

affectionate and delicate attention,

so that he would agree to come

and visit our Shrine of the Blessed

Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary of

Pompeii: a Shrine which belongs to

the Holy See.

The Holy Father in His usual kindness

listened to me with attention

and promised me, from the outset,

that he would come with joy as

soon as his many commitments allowed


This was conveyed to me, to everyone’s

immense satisfaction and my

by ✠ Carlo Liberati

deep joy, through a Letter from the Deputy Secretary of State, dated July 5,

2008. From that very glad piece of news for us, we drew enthusiasm and

courage. The Church of Pompeii and our Shrine put themselves “in a state

of mission”, which was actually well supported and sustained by the civil

authorities of the Region, the Province and the City of Pompeii.

The happy outcome of the pastoral visit of Pope Benedict XVI, on October

19, 2008, became clear not only to our eyes, but also to those of the

Church of Italy, of Europe and of the whole world.

From here, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart the sources of

information (RAI Italian State TV, Sat 2000, Mediaset, private and local

radio and TV networks, newspapers, etc.) that enabled with intelligent attention

to present the event.

The Deputy Secretary of State for General Affairs, H.E. Msgr. Fernando

Filoni, in his message, pointed out that the Holy Father Benedict XVI

wanted to be in Pompeii “to entrust the success of the Synod of Bishops

to Mary Most Holy and urge that the Holy Rosary be the prayer

of the Christian family to the Mother of God”.

Our “apostolic mobilization” within the Pompeian Church and, externally,

in all forms of religious and social information, moved in this direction in

order to achieve this specific goal. First and foremost the Church of Pom-

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peii promoted: 1) The invitation

to prayer: contemplation of the

dynamic and illuminating presence

of Christ crucified and risen, alive

in the Eucharist and inspirer of the

gift of ourselves for the growth in

grace, the good of the Church and

the personal adhesion to realize the

will of God in the normal conditions

of our daily life.

2) A deeper awareness that the

Church is a community on the

way, in the history, to build in

Christ the new civilization of

love. And, at the same time, we

recalled with pride our over a century-old

charitable path with about

120,000 boys and girls here educated

and become adults, free to face

the roads of life with joy and courage.

3) The visit of the Holy Father

Benedict XVI was a wonderful

and providential opportunity to

make an examination of conscience,

to reflect on the current

state of our educational and charity

facilities and, in the wake of the

glorious experience of the past, to

move with courage and confidence

towards the future, trusting in the

inspirational assistance of the Holy

Spirit and in the maternal intercession

of Mary Most Holy. To the

Mother of Jesus, of the Church and

ours, our wonderful Founder Blessed

Bartolo Longo entrusted us.

With Mary and by Mary’s intercession

and protection we will continue

going on the path prepared for us.

We certainly will not be intimidated,

influenced and discouraged by law

149 of 28 March 2001, published in

the Gazzetta Ufficiale No. 96 of 26

April 2001, which ordered the closure

of the existing Orphanages on

the Italian territory by December

31, 2006.

Meanwhile we have established the

“Multipurpose daytime educational

Centres - with about 200

children housed while another 300

are still waiting for being received”.

We in fact have to adapt to the new

laws the old buildings, seats of the


Certainly the Lord present and active

within us will help us enlightening

us inside. The Most Holy Virgin,

whom we continually invoke in the

Holy Rosary, hears, protects, comforts

and blesses us.

The Holy Father said, in greeting us,

that he left us a part of his heart of

Father. Perhaps we are at the beginning

of a new springtime of grace

and therefore of active charity. The

love of Christ urges us inside and

always wins in those who obey him

with humility and a sincere heart.

The gratitude of the Church of Pompeii

Here the text of the poster the Pompeian Bishop made

to put up all over the town a month after the pastoral

visit of Benedict XVI.

Thirty days after the Pastoral Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Church and

the City of Pompeii, it is particularly dear to us to express a profound and

deep gratitude to the Holy Father for the affectionate predilection he expressed

to our Church, to our Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy

Rosary, to our beloved City that welcomed him with much affection.

Thank you for pointing our Shrine out as the largest Marian Shrine where

rises uninterrupted the praise to the Lord, through the Holy Rosary.

Thank you for recognizing our charism consecrated to welcoming, protection,

defence, education of abandoned boys and girls.

Thank you for recognizing our concern and absolute attention and promotion

of life, from the very moment in which it blossoms in the mother’s womb

until birth and forever.

Thank you for pointing us out as “born teachers” and promoters of every

possible initiative to goodness.

We promise the Holy Father that we will work for each project useful to the

salvation of the 56,000 children abandoned on the roads of Italy and who

have no future. Our Church of Pompeii renews its fidelity to the commandment

of Charity to build a new civilization based on love.

✠ Carlo Liberati

Ar c h i b i s h o p-prelAte A n d po n t i f i c A l deleg Ate

f o r t h e sh r i n e o f po m p e i i

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Love changes the world.

To defeat evil, it is possible!

At Pompeii, in the face of the so many wounds of a society

attentive to the sound of a tree falling, Benedict XVI spoke of

the breath of a forest growing and enhanced the richness of a

people who continues to persevere in good. The witnesses of

Blessed Bartolo Longo and his friend Saint Joseph Moscati.

by Fabio Zavattaro

Yet another Marian Shrine in the travels of Benedict XVI, following in the footsteps

of John Paul II who had already been twice in this citadel of love and

peace, where every year arrive four million faithful: in 1979, a few months after

his election, and in 2003, when his bad health had already marked his body but

not his will. In this city of the Rosary and of the Petition, the Pope paused a few

hours: Pompeii is his twelfth Italian travel. A visit linked to the figure of Bartolo

Longo, a militant anticlerical lawyer who becomes an apostle of charity and creates

from nothing, precisely in this valley where he had been called by Countess

Marianna De Fusco, a Shrine, popular

schools, kindergartens, a female orphanage

and a hospice for the sons of

prisoners. All this happened while devotion

to Our Lady of Pompeii spread

in Italy and abroad. Works those that

anticipated somehow the social encyclical

of Leo XIII Rerum Novarum,

which, at the end of the nineteenth

century, turns for the first time the attention

of the Church to the working

class issue.

Benedict XVI, a decade after his visit as

Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation

for the Doctrine of the Faith, returns

then, to Pompeii. He returns as Pope

to entrust to Mary, Queen of the Rosary,

the Synod of Bishops, underway

in the Vatican, on the Word of God.

The Shrine is a sort of island that, from

downtown Pompeii looks at the city

which is now one thing with Naples,

with houses linking without solution

of continuity the Vesuvian localities

to the capital of Campania. From here

radiates a Word, with the “W” capitalized,

capable to overcome the noise

of the city, the distraction of men, the

choices of those who do not look for

the common good but for their own

inte-rests, and the wounds of a land

that has to come up against a crime

every day more and more impudent.

At Pompeii, Pope Benedict comes to

pray to the Virgin for Italy and the

world; he comes to invite to redeem

and advance the territory, to act against

all violence, “to persevere in

good without stooping to compromises”,

to revitalize the family, the

fundamental cell of society. He did

not pronounce the word “Camorra”,

newspapers and news agencies would

write. The pilgrimage of the Pope, who

loves the reason but also understands

the reasons and the strength of popular

piety, wants to be first and foremost,

a spiritual journey, attentive to

the many honest people who work

in silence and make society grow. So

the Pope does not forget “the people

who are suffering, the sick, the elderly

alone, young people in difficulty, prisoners,

and all those in burdensome

conditions of poverty and social and

financial hardship”. Pompeii is an example

of the new civilization “which

emerged and developed under Mary’s

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Pompeii, 19 October 2008.

The Pope in prayer before the relics of Blessed Bartolo Longo

and the Icon of Our Lady, on the previous page.

motherly gaze”, a Christian community “whose members

are renewed by love and strive to renew themselves ceaselessly,

to discern God’s will always and not to relapse into

conformity with a worldly mindset”. Pompeii is not a “cathedral

in the desert” isolated from the world; but a new

city integrated, with its charitable initiatives wanted by

Bartolo Longo, into the territory in order to redeem and

advance it. It is “a historical demonstration of how God

transforms the world” and transforms man “making him

a vehicle of religious and social renewal”. An example, says

the Pope, of how faith can work in the human city, inspiring

“apostles of charity who place themselves at the service

of the lowly and the poor and act to ensure that the dignity

of the least is respected and that they find acceptance

and advancement. Here in Pompeii one realizes that love

for God and love for neighbour are inseparable. Here the

genuine Christian people, the people who face life with

sacrifices, find the strength to persevere in good without

stooping to compromises”.

He does not need any other words, Benedict XVI, to say that

the power of love “is irresistible: it is love that truly drives

the world onwards!”. Faced with so many wounds, with a

society that is attentive, along with the media, to the sound

of a tree falling, the Pope tells of the breath of the forest

growing. “The Eucharist is the inexhaustible source of life

and hope, of personal and social renewal”. In the Basilica

he prays the Rosary, “spiritual weapon in the battle against

evil, against all violence, for peace in hearts, in families, in

society and in the world”. He recites the Petition, with the

nineteenth-century invocation for the misguided nations,

for all Europe and for all the world. And asks Our Lady that

She has “compassion on the sorrows and cares which embitter

our lives” and turns her merciful gaze on us, because

God’s love has the power to renew everything, and where

He is “evil is won and life and peace triumph”.

I would like to read these words and the visit of Pope

Benedict, also through the figures of Bartolo Longo and

Giuseppe Moscati, this one a Neapolitan doctor who in

the love for the truth tries to reconcile the disagreement

between science and faith that has animated, and yet continues

animating, the debate between believers and laity.

Moscati wrote, on October 17, 1912, in a simple note for

his young assistants: “Love the truth, show yourself as you

are, without falseness, without fear and without deference.

If the truth costs you persecution, do accept it; if torment,

do endure it. And if for the truth you had to sacrifice

yourself and your life, be strong in sacrifice”. In the name

of the truth, he did not hesitate to denounce abuses, endeavouring

to demolish practices and systems that went

against the true professionalism and science, to the detriment

both of the sick and the students to whom he felt he

should convey the best of his knowledge.

Between Giuseppe Moscati and Bartolo Longo, whom Pope

Wojtyla would proclaim Blessed at a distance of seven years

from each other, began a deep spiritual bond, so much that

the doctor writes to the lawyer using these words: “So let

us raise our mind to God, to whose knowledge is admitted

man; and He has allowed men to enjoy for a little time of

His earthly gifts, but also He encouraged them to be able

to separate from them, because much more He will give us

in a better life”.

They died at a distance of six months from each other, on

October 5, 1926 Longo; on April 12, 1927, Moscati. But what

counts the most, in our reading, is the syntony that established

between the two, and that goes in the line that Pope

Benedict wanted to show in his speeches at Pompeii, on October

19. Namely, that there are some positive energies that

can take the field, thus giving impetus to a renewed presence

in social and even political issue to defeat evil, which is not

only violence, but also hatred, indifference, unwillingness

to intervene in favour of the least, of those who are alone,

poor, marginalized. Perhaps the most appropriate comment

to what the Pope spoke in his Marian pilgrimage, came precisely

from the Mayor of Pompeii, Claudio D’Alessio, when

he said: “We are people of the south, we live in a land sometimes

martyred, yet beautiful and full of good”.

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In time of crisis

restarting from

the outcast

Benedict XVI’s message for the World Day of Peace

2009. To build peace, says the Pope, we must fight poverty.

Also John Paul II, sixteen years ago, proposed the

same theme, but since then the context, considerably

changed, has been made of light and shade.

With the message for the

World Day of Peace 2009,

presented to the press on

December 11, Benedict XVI has chosen

to restart from the outcast indicating,

in time of crisis, a priority that

for the Church is almost obvious: to

build peace, he says, we must “fight


The theme returns sixteen years after

John Paul II’s message, “If you want

peace, reach out to the poor”, which is

by Guido Bossa

reproposed in a significantly changed

contest, made of light and shade. It

has been disproved the black prediction

affirming that poverty is linked to

population growth: the Pope notes

that if twenty-five years ago around

40% of the world’s population was

below the threshold of absolute poverty,

today, despite experiencing a

substantial demographic growth of

the whole population of the planet,

that percentage has been reduced by

as much as a half. This goes to show

that “population is proving to be an

asset, not a factor that contributes to


On the other hand, there is no shortage

of warning signals, even authoritatively

launched: material poverty is

even more flanked by “non-material

forms of poverty”, which are no less

cruel. The Pope lists some of them,

such as “marginalization, affective,

moral and spiritual poverty”; he cites

then “child poverty”, the food crisis affecting

entire continents, the increasingly

closer relationship between poverty

and war and therefore between

disarmament and development.

Even the context of globalization, that

makes the difference between John

Paul II’s and Benedict XVI’s messages,

requires an understanding that is

wide-ranging and well articulated.

On the one hand, warns the Pope, it

urges “in our dealings with the poor,

to set out from the clear recognition

that we all share in a single divine

plan: we are called to form one family

in which all - individuals, peoples

and nations - model their behaviour

according to the principles of fraternity

and responsibility”. On the other

hand, however, financial globalization

risks losing sight of the main objective

of economic activity - that is promoting

development - to focus on the immediate

advantage and on the most

selfish interest: “Finance limited in this

way to the short and very short term

- writes the Popes - becomes dangerous

for everyone, even for those who

benefit when the markets perform


It is the crisis of recent months, which

should be combated by developing a

“strong sense of global solidarity”, as

Pope Benedict warns quoting John

Paul II. On the other hand, even the

figures on the dimension of hunger

in the world are alarming: a report of

FAO circulated just before the publication

of the Message, speaks of a

billion people “without food”, with an

increase of 115 millions during the

2003-2005 three-year period, due

to the incredible sudden rise of the

prices of basic foodstuffs. 65% of the

hungry is concentrated in only seven

Countries, located mainly in sub-Saharan

Africa, where one individual

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in three suffers from chronic hunger and where the connection

hunger-war is particularly evident. These are dramatic

figures, which cannot leave indifferent. The

year that is drawing to a close is the one in

which has been celebrated the sixtieth

anniversary of the Universal Declaration

of Human Rights, signed in New

York on December 10, 1948 and

adopted by almost all the countries

of the world. We can read in

Article 1 that “all human beings

are born free and equal in dignity

and rights”, and in Article 3

that “everyone has the right to

life, liberty and security of person”:

principles strongly clashing

with a situation of permanent

food shortage afflicting entire


Faced with these tragedies, FAO warns

that it should be necessary to intervene

urgently with effective, targeted investments.

Instead, even the funds promised by the

richest nations take a long time to be actually allocated,

while the essential corrections of the perverse mecha-

An unequal trade and short-sighted finance are a danger to all

“In the field of international commerce and finance,

there are processes at work today which permit a positive

integration of economies, leading to an overall

improvement in conditions, but there are also processes

tending in the opposite direction, dividing and

marginalizing peoples, and creating dangerous situations

that can erupt into wars and conflicts. Since

the Second World War, international trade in goods

and services has grown extraordinarily fast, with a

momentum unprecedented in history. Much of this

global trade has involved countries that were industrialized

early, with the significant addition of many

newly-emerging countries, which have now entered

onto the world stage. Yet there are other low-income

countries, which are still seriously marginalized in

terms of trade. Their growth has been negatively influenced

by the rapid decline, seen in recent decades,

in the prices of commodities, which constitute practically

the whole of their exports. In these countries,

which are mostly in Africa, dependence on the exportation

of commodities continues to constitute a

potent risk factor. Here I should like to renew an appeal

for all countries to be given equal opportunities

of access to the world market, without exclusion or


A similar reflection may be made in the area of fi-

nisms of world trade, continue to be awaited. So, next to

encouraging signals and factors of optimism, there are still

grounds for alarm. New poverties are added to the

old ones, which are not defeated yet. The global

economic crisis develops national and

group self-interests; economy does not

let itself be penetrated by ethics, and

politics takes a long time to focus its

attention on the real priorities. “A

common code of ethics - warns

sadly the Pope - is also needed,

consisting of norms based not

upon mere consensus, but rooted

in the natural law inscribed

by the Creator on the conscience

of every human being. Does not

every one of us sense deep within

his or her conscience a call to make

a personal contribution to the common

good and to peace in society?”.

Since January 1, 2009, the World Day of

Peace, the messages of adhesion from the

Heads of State have begun arriving in the Vatican,

evidence of a consensus that all of us wish to truly be

not only formal.

nance, which is a key aspect of the phenomenon of

globalization, owing to the development of technology

and policies of liberalization in the flow of capital

between countries.

Objectively, the most important function of finance

is to sustain the possibility of long-term investment

and hence of development. Today this appears extremely

fragile: it is experiencing the negative repercussions

of a system of financial dealings - both national

and global - based upon very short-term thinking,

which aims at increasing the value of financial

operations and concentrates on the technical management

of various forms of risk. The recent crisis

demonstrates how financial activity can at times be

completely turned in on itself, lacking any long-term

consideration of the common good. This lowering of

the objectives of global finance to the very short term

reduces its capacity to function as a bridge between

the present and the future, and as a stimulus to the

creation of new opportunities for production and for

work in the long term. Finance limited in this way

to the short and very short term becomes dangerous

for everyone, even for those who benefit when the

markets perform well”.

(from Benedict XVI’s Message

for the world Day of Peace 2009)

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October at Pompeii:

the other events in

the month of the Rosary

by Marida D’Amora

The Pastoral Visit of Pope Benedict XVI was undoubtedly the most important

event of October. For this reason, the other events that usually make rich the

month of the Rosary, took second place in order to allow the realization of a

special edition of our magazine, the last issue of 2008, entirely devoted to it.

The other traditional October appointments are summarized hereunder.

The first appointment, without forgetting the prayer of the “Good Morning to

Mary” which accompanied at the break of each day of the month the prayerful

path of the faithful and the very numerous pilgrimages from every region

of Italy, was the Petition to the Virgin of the Rosary. To preside over the celebration

of the Eucharist and the solemn recitation of the prayer, was Bishop

Elio Sgreccia, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Forty

thousand were the faithful present, but only one was the voice that raised

from the Marian Basilica’s parvis, on Sunday, October 5, during this extraordinary

event of faith. The Virgin, “tower of salvation against the attacks of hell,

sure harbour in the common shipwreck” was repeatedly invoked as Teacher

of life, Witness of the suffering of mankind and Way leading to the Son. The

burning sun did not discourage the faithful present in the Square: young people,

elderly, children, disabled people, nobody wanted to miss the rendezvous

with the Mother of Heaven.

An incessant rain, instead, beat down the day before, for the Feast of Blessed

Bartolo Longo. In a Basilica crowded out with people, a warm and intimate at-

mosphere was the setting for the celebrations

commemorating the anniversary

of the death of the Founder.

On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12, Pompeii

also celebrated its IV anniversary of

the conferment of the title of City. Two

days of meetings, debates, dialogues,

music and entertainment to celebrate

this important milestone in its history.

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di Marida D’Amora

Also this year the Marian city enriched

with a new twinning, signed

with the city of Lampedusa and

Linosa, in the province of Agrigento,

in view of the historical and original

vocation to the value of hospitality

and solidarity that characterizes

and binds closely both of them. The

Pact of Friendship, which now unites

Pompeii with Lampedusa and Linosa,

is also a commitment to increasingly

spread around the world the value

of tolerance, promote intercultural

dialogue and favour the exchange of

experiences on asylum, immigration

and hospitality, with the aim to build

together a “stronghold of welcome”.

On the occasion of this year’s cel-

ebrations, Pompeii signed also a new

“Agreement of Solidarity”, concluded

between the Mayor of Pompeii,

Adv. Claudio D’Alessio and Gen. Ennio

Reggiani, National President of

the International Association “Regina

Elena onlus”, thanks to which Pompeii

will contribute to the collection

of humanitarian aid to be donated

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to the people of Lebanon, as part of the mission UNIFIL of UN in Lebanon.

Among the major appointments of “Pompeii is City”, there was the Conference

“Peace and Solidarity among peoples”, held on Sunday 12 at the “Di

Costanzo- Mattiello” Theater, which was attended by Prefect Fausto Gianni,

Don Pierino Gelmini, Prof. Adv. Antonio Palma, Senator Barbara Contini and

Adv. Luca Pardo.

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At the end of the Conference, Carmela Giglio, a Pompeian citizen, correspondent

of foreign policy for the Italian Rai TV, particularly in war Countries, being a

faithful witness of their difficult realities, was awarded the “Marianna Farnararo

Widow De Fusco in Longo Award”, which is arrived now to its fifth edition.

The city of Pompeii, instead, was given by the “Regina Elena onlus” Association

the International Award for Peace “Princess Mafalda of Savoy”. To

present the prize to the City of Mary, was His Royal Highness, Prince Serge

of Yugoslavia. Claudio Baglioni, popular Italian singer and founder of the “O’

Scià” Foundation, created to “promote intercultural dialogue as the cornerstone

of a new model of civil, peaceful and sympathetic coexistence”, Sabri

Ateyeh, Ambassador of the General Palestinian Delegation in Italy, and Josep

Fèlix Ballesteros, Mayor of Tarragona, the Spanish town with which Pompeii

twinned in 2006, were awarded the honorary citizenship. Sky-high enthusiasm

when, after the two-day-long celebrations, Claudio Baglioni, in a very

crowded Bartolo Longo’s Square, performed his most famous and loved hits.

Throughout the celebrative weekend, in the gardens of Bartolo Longo’s Square

and at the seat of Pompeii Life, a town tourist welcome centre, was organized

the photo and multimedia exhibition “O’ Scià and Lampedusa”.

The last important event of October was the second edition of the “John Paul

II” Award, which ended on Saturday 25 with a gala night hosted by Teresa

Ciardi, in the splendid setting of the “Di Costanzo- Mattiello” Theater of Pompeii.

Between emotion and applause, well sixty-eight artists, including poets,

painters, sculptors and photographers were awarded for their witness of love

towards the late and beloved Pope John Paul II, who died in April 2005, a love

which turned into works of art or poetic verses. The Award, born from an

idea of Pio Pinto, sponsored by the Moda Italia Association and produced by

Les Protagonistes, saw the participation of the sweetest singer Giada Nobile,

who, after being conferred the “Special” Award, performed the piece “Never

terrorism, never war”, a prayer become song, written for her by John Paul II.

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For over a century

in the service of Love

The annual celebration of the Sisters of Bartolo Longo

by Concetta Fabbricatore

In that distant 1897, the small initial group of the Dominican Sisters Daughters

of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii, founded by Blessed Bartolo Longo, was

aware that in addition to prayer, they would have the essential task of providing

education and upbringing for the orphaned girls hosted in the nascent

Shrine. This awareness, fuelled by a deep conviction, has been accompanying

their constant service of love for 111 years.

Today the community has grown significantly and its commitment continues

at the Educational Pompeian Centres, located near the Shrine, in various

parts of Italy and in different countries around the world. A community, there-

fore, that from year to year is being

enriched with new loving “guardian

angels” who watch over the hosts of

the Centres, deal with various tasks

in the Shrine and offer their help in

various Countries of the world where

hunger and diseases claim victims

every day. This year, on September

6, when was held the annual celebration

of the sisters wanted by Blessed

Bartolo Longo, ten Indonesian girls

(Ana Anima, Helena Daton, Lutgardis

Jenai, Diana Wolos, Paulina

Min, Kristina Saima, Hendrich Dhiu,

Dorothea Sedong, Kristina Wela, Fatima

Ima) took their vows, joining so

the Congregation of the Dominican

Sisters “Daughters of the Holy Rosary

of Pompeii”, while other twelve

celebrated, however, their anniversary

of Religious Profession (Sr. M.

Bartola De Seta, her 25 th ; Sr. M. Liliana

Matrone, Sr. M. Dolores Miglionico,

Sr. M. Concetta Fabbricatore,

Sr. M. Florinda Capasso, Sr. M. Marcella

Paesani, Sr. M. Remigia Martello,

Sr. M. Gregoria De Stefano, Sr.

M. Adalgisa Bartolo their 50 th ; Sr. M.

Zaira Catalano, Sr. M. Augusta Mingione,

Sr. M. Assunta Di Somma,

their 60 th ). The celebration, presided

over by Msgr. Carlo Liberati, Archbishop

of Pompeii, gave truly unique

sensations. A magnificent choreography

of light and music, flowers

and radiant faces, accompanied the

path of the group of novices toward

the main altar of the Shrine. Along

with the Shepherd of Pompeii, concelebrated

Msgr. Eduardus Sangsun,

Bishop of the Diocese of Ruteng (Indonesia),

sadly passed away in October,

and many priests of the Pompeian


The harmonious voices of the novices

and juniores, directed by Maestro

Fr. Francesco Di Fuccia, animated

throughout the sacred rite. All of

them, without distinction, renewed

their unconditional love to the Lord

and their service of charity and religious

witness in the Congregation

and in the Church of Pompeii,

following their Founder’s example,

Blessed Bartolo Longo.

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With Jesus Christ

in the heart of the world

The sisters of Don Eustachio Montemurro

celebrate their first century of life.

by Isa Di Domenico

It was the 1 st of May of 1908, when, from the love towards the sick, from the

abnegation and the great humanity of Eustachio Montemurro, was born in

Gravina di Puglia (BA), the Congregation of the Daughters of the Sacro Costato.

The humble doctor, then priest, struck by the water and blood flowing

out from Christ’s rib, from which he saw irradiating charity and love for men,

felt the need to be “witness to the world of what can do the love of a God”.

To this need, the Servant of God gave a concrete answer: a congregation that

could “repair the wounds inflicted to the heart of Jesus and put its own forces

at the service of the Church with the apostolate towards the neighbour”. For

100 years now the Daughters of the Sacro Costato, illuminated and animated

by the same spirit of their founder, today divided into two congregations,

the “Missionaries of the Sacro Costato and of the Sorrowful Mother” and the

“Missionary Catechists of the Sacro Costato”, have continued engaging in the

evangelization and education of the most needy, especially children and adolescents,

the true engine of social renewal.

At Pompeii, the Missionaries of the Sacro Costato have been present since October

1, 1994. Their founder, instead, had arrived in the Marian city in 1914.

Here, he was for nine years the personal doctor of Blessed Bartolo Longo and

assistant of the then parish priest of the church of the Most Holy Saviour, Fr.

Gennaro Federico.

Today, the presence of his sisters in the city of love and peace witnesses and

keeps alive the charisma for which the same city was founded: the love towards

the little ones, the poor and those living in social disadvantage. For their 100

years of activity, Pompeii relived their adventure of love, because on May 1, in

Gravina di Puglia, was opened a special year not only for them. Last November

7, 8 and 9, with celebrations, projections and a photographic exhibition, which

has retraced the most significant stages of their journey leading them in eight

Countries of the World, the city paid tribute to these invaluable heralds “of the

inexhaustible riches of the Heart of Christ”, whose presence continues to be a

sure hope for those most in need.

The centenary celebration of the little

religious Pompeian community

ended in the afternoon of Sunday

9 with the Holy Mass, presided over

by the Vicar General of the Diocese,

Msgr. Pasquale Mocerino, in the Parish

of the Most Holy Saviour, near

their home (photo below on the left).

At the celebration, was present, representing

the Congregation of the

Mother Provincial, Sister Maria Pina

Curreli, to share this important stage

of their “mission” with the Mother

Superior, Sister Colomba Casino, and

the other sisters.

Pompeii also has hosted the final

stage of the centenary celebrations,

on the occasion of the national pilgrimage

of the whole Congregation,

held last January 2, 2009.

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M e n a n d wo M e n i n th e Bi B l e by Settimio Cipriani

Lazarus and his two

sisters: Martha and Mary

Only the Gospel of John speaks of a certain “Lazarus from

Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha” (Jn

11:1), who had died and was brought back to life by the

Lord. And John speaks about it at length, in the space of

no less than 44 verses (Jn 11:1-44). A clear sign that for

the Evangelist this fact has a particular value, which is also

evidenced by the “central” position that it occupies in the

fourth Gospel, being almost at the beginning of the account

of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord (Jn 13:21). In

a sense, we can say that this episode, for the Evangelist,

anticipates what would be the destiny of Jesus himself, he

also died and risen from the dead through the power of the


“Master, the one you love is ill”

Certainly, there should be a special relationship of friendship

with Lazarus, if the two sisters, given the seriousness

of the illness of their brother, send word to Jesus: “Master,

the one you love is ill” (Jn 11:3).

There is almost an implicit “request” for healing of their

brother from Jesus. A healing that Jesus seems, in a sense,

even to assure when, on the announcement of the fact, so

He comments: “This illness is not to end in death, but is

for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified

through it” (Jn 11:4). Consequently Jesus is not worried

about the destiny of his friend: He prolongs, instead, his

stay in the place where He already was, for another “two

days”. After that, He tells his apostles: “Let us go back to

Judea” (Jn 11:7).

Seeing their concerns about the risk that He could run by

the Jews, who were now conspiring against him, Jesus replies,

relying on the providence of his Father: “Are there

not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he

does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.

But if one walks at night, he stumbles because the light is

not in him” (Jn 11:9-10).

And the reason to “go back to Judea” again is explained by

Jesus first in an allusive way: “Our friend Lazarus is asleep,

but I’m going to awaken him”. And then, before the wonder

of the disciples, Jesus expresses better his thought, saying

that He intended to talk about the death of his friend: “Lazarus

has died. And I am glad for you that I was not there,

that you might believe. Let us go to him!” (Jn 11:12-15).

It is clear from the text that Jesus has already in mind the

desire to bring him back to life, just to show that He has

power even over death: “That you might believe”. The mir-

acle is, therefore, not as a sensational event in itself, but a

reason of “faith” in him.

Lord, if you had been here

my brother would not have died”

After this broad introduction, which motivates Jesus’ decision

to go back again to Judea, the description follows of his

meeting with Lazarus’ sisters “to comfort them about their

brother”, who by then had been dead and buried for four days.

Martha is the first that goes to meet Jesus and, almost in a

form of reproach and, at the same time, of trust in the impossible,

she tells him: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother

would not have died! But even now I know that whatever

you ask of God, God will give you” (Jn 11:21-22). Clearly,

Martha, in a polite but also a very explicit form, asks for a

miracle that Jesus would not refuse to do, on condition that,

however, she “believes” in him as the “Lord” of life.

And “life” to Jesus, is above all what will be fulfilled after

death. So, it is on this faith in the “eternal” life that

He exhorts Martha to rely, with amazing words: “I am the

resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if

he dies, will live; and everyone who lives and believes in

me will never die. Do you believe this?” (Jn 11: 25-26).

It is the challenge of a faith that is projected beyond physical

death: death is not denied, but at the same time is announced

its overcoming in a “life” which will be given after

“death” itself.

A challenge that Marta agrees, professing her unconditional

faith in Jesus as the giver of life: “Yes, Lord. I have come to

believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one

who is coming into the world” (Jn 11:27). And this could

not but be of great comfort for the death of her brother. We

must not forget that in the Old Testament the problem of

survival after death was not entirely clear!

“The teacher is here and is asking for you”

Meanwhile Martha, partly reassured by the words of Jesus,

goes to look for her sister Mary, who was engaged at a distance

with some friends and relatives who had come for the

traditional condolences: “The teacher is here and is asking

for you” (Jn 11:28). She rose quickly and went to him and

as soon as she «saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him:

Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have

died!”» (Jn 11:32).

Words that, on the one hand, seem a reproach and, on the

other hand, are the expression of a great faith in Jesus as

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Giotto: “Resurrection of Lazarus” , Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua.

the “giver” of life: but pronounced as in a flood of “tears”,

which also propagated on all the friends who had come for

condolences (Jn 11:33). On seeing this, Jesus himself became

perturbed and deeply troubled, and said: “Where have

you laid him?”. They said to him: “Sir, come and see!”. It

was at this point that Jesus himself “wept”, provoking the

comment of the Jews who said: “See how he loved him”

(Jn 11:36). And we too, modern readers, become perturbed

in seeing Jesus “weeping” for the death of a friend of his

and for the pain of the two sisters, all very fond of him. A

sign, this one, of a great “humaneness” which has really

accepted everything of what is “human”: joy and suffering,

smile and tears, life and death as well.

And also for that the Gospel of John does not cease amazing

us. He, although being very tied up with exalting Christ’s

divine “transcendence”, exalts to the maximum His most

tender and loving “humanity”. Think also of the touching

gesture of Jesus who, just about to die on the cross, entrusts

his mother to the care of the disciple whom he “loved”

more than others (Jn 19:26-27).

“Take away the stone”

But he makes “joy” succeed to tears. In fact, deeply “per-

turbed again”, he makes himself taken to the tomb where

the body of Lazarus had been deposed and, unexpectedly,

he orders to “take away the stone” laying across it (Jn


Martha, though she had acknowledged Jesus as “the Messiah,

the Son of God” (Jn 11:27), now remains lost before

Jesus’ request, pointing him out the fact that “there will be

a stench; he has been dead for four days” (Jn 11:39). She

was not reflecting in that moment on the fact that if Jesus

could have healed her brother when he was sick, He could

raise him even from death!

It is, in fact, to the “faith” in him that Jesus appeals again

before Martha’s perplexity, almost reproaching her for her,

although very understandable, perplexity: “Did I not tell

you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” (Jn

11:40). And just to give glory to the Father, from Whom

everything proceeds, that Jesus raises to Him a prayer of

thanks: “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that

you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have

said this, that they may believe that you sent me” (Jn 11:41-


With these words Jesus intends to reveal something of

his mystery: “to believe” in Him means to believe in his

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transcendence and in the infinite love of the Father who

has “sent” Him in the world to save men, pre-announcing

thereby also the victory on death itself. I would say that, in

a sense, the resurrection of Lazarus refers to his own “resurrection”,

as the ultimate event of human history.

“Lazarus, come out!”

It is striking, even literary, the closing of the whole episode,

which is expressed as follows: «And when he had said this

(that is the prayer just mentioned), he cried out in a loud

voice: “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied

hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped

in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him

go”» (Jn 11:43-44).

That “loud voice” is something shocking: almost a “reprimand”

to death, which nonetheless would continue to claim

victims, to the extent that even itself will be “swallowed for

the final victory”, as Paul would recall us in the First Letter

to the Corinthians (15:54-57).

The resurrection of Lazarus wants to be for John, in a sense,

also the “foreshadowing” of our same future final resurrection.

As usual, before a fact so transcendent, reactions and feelings

are different: “Many of the Jews who had come to

Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what

Jesus had done” (Jn 11:45-46).

«A subdivision, therefore, is being operated among those

“who had come to Mary” (who receives a new enhancement)

and those who “went to the Pharisees”. On the one

hand, “what he had done” inspires faith in Him; on the

other hand, “what he had done” provokes the delation, the

denunciation of the guilty. The same “doing” - creational,

Caravaggio: Martha and Mary Magdalene

Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA.

like in Cana for the “principle of the signs” – causes two

opposite reactions: faith and incredulity”» (SIMOENS Y.,

Secondo Giovanni, EDB, Bologna, 2000, p. 478).

Mary, Lazarus’ sister, anoints the feet of Jesus

We have not heard any more of Lazarus, who was raised

from the dead by Jesus, except for a hint that John makes

shortly afterwards, at the beginning of the next chapter, in

which he talks of a dinner made in honour of Jesus, where

also Lazarus is present: “Martha served, while Lazarus was

one of those reclining at table with him” (Jn 12:2). But

at this point something unique and unexpected happens:

“Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine

aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried

them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance

of the oil” (Jn 12:3).

Somebody is scandalized by this act of expensive prodigality,

a sign of intense affection for Jesus; this person is

Judas who false declares that it would be better to give that

money “to the poor”. The evangelist notes, however, that

he did not care about the poor, “but because he was a thief

and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions”

(Jn 12:4-6).

Jesus also defends the woman and interprets that affectionate

gesture as an homage made in advance to his own

corpse, torn apart by the death on the cross: “Leave her

alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always

have the poor with you, but you do not always have

me” (Jn 12:7-8).

These words of Jesus are a “prophecy” of what would will

happen just after his death, when his body is compassionately

anointed (Jn 19:39-40); and they are also a celebration

of the very delicate love of that woman toward Him.

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To promote solidarity and peace

through sport is possible. It was

showed by the 500 athletes who,

on Sunday, December 7, attended the

traditional “Race for Peace Naples-

Pompeii”, organized by the “Bartolo

Longo” sports Movement, under the

aegis of the Shrine of Pompeii, and

with the cooperation of Fidal Campania.

The race, arrived at its XV edition,

started from Plebiscito’s Square, where

the athletes gathered in the early

hours of the morning, to “run” then

towards the Marian city, goal of Peace

par excellence, retracing the route

that, back in 1875, was made by the

Picture of the Virgin of the Rosary.

From Naples, the athletes reached

San Giovanni a Teduccio and then,

in succession, Portici, Herculaneum,

Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata,

as far as Bartolo Longo’s Square.

The first to cross the finishing line was

Marco Calderone, who was the winner

also last year. The second to reach the

line of arrival was Romualdo Barbato,

while at the third place ranked Gianluca

Piermatteo. The race of women

was won by the Moroccan athlete

Khadija Larousse, followed by Annamaria

Vanacore and Gioconda Di

Luca. To reward the winners, on the

music of Mameli anthem performed

by the Music Band “Bartolo Longo-

City of Pompeii”, were the Archbishop

of Pompeii, Msgr. Carlo Liberati,

the Mayor, Adv. Claudio D’Alessio, and

the Councillor of Sport, Alfonso Gerardo

Conforti. Msgr. Liberati stressed

the deepest meaning of the event,

which has always combined athletic

practice with culture and faith.

And that is why the appointment

of this year has been enriched by

the Round Table “Let us Peace run”,

held on Saturday, December 6, at the

House of the Pilgrim, during which

were compared two great humanitarian

experiences, that of Admiral

Ferdinando Sanfelice of Monteforte,

Italian Military Representative to the

Military Committees of NATO and the

European Union, and that of Dr. Marco

Rossi, of the “Sant’Egidio” Community,

both promoters of peace in

the world.

When Peace

becomes road

The XV edition

of the Race Naples-Pompeii

by Giuseppe Acanfora

The President of the Sport Movement

“Bartolo Longo”, Dr.

Giuseppe Acanfora, organizer

of the Race, announced that

the next edition will take place

on December 6, 2009.

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The Holy Father Benedict XVI in his

visit of October 19, 2008 “at Pompeii,

in the most important Shrine

dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of

the Holy Rosary” (Angelus), during

the recitation of the Rosary, in the

afternoon, praying before the Icon

stressed the role played by the Rosary

as a school of contemplation and

silence: “If Christian contemplation

cannot leave the Word of God out of

consideration, if it is to be a contemplative

prayer, the Rosary must always

emerge from the silence of the

heart as a response to the Word, after

the model of Mary’s prayer”.

But the Holy Rosary is also apostolic

mission, a dimension that Blessed

Bartolo Longo lived intensely, drawing

inspiration for undertaking in Pompeii

many works of charity and of social

and human promotion, opening the

Marian Shrine to the whole world as

a centre of irradiation of the prayer of

the Rosary and a place of intercession

for peace.

To be apostles of the Rosary - recalled

the Pope - it is necessary to experience

personally the beauty and depth

of this prayer which is simple and accessible

to everyone.

These considerations accompanied

the day of the 13th of November 2008,

on the occasion of the 133rd anniversary

of the arrival of the Picture at Pompeii,

where a huge crowd of devotees

and faithful in prayer expressed, since

the early hours of dawn, their own

sincere and filial love for the Mother

of the Lord Jesus.

Since 1875, November 13 marks for

The Rosary, a prayer for life

by Francesco Paolo Soprano

The contemplative and apostolic journey of the beautiful and profound

Marian prayer accompanied, last November 13, the celebration

of the 133 rd anniversary of the arrival of the Picture of the

Virgin of the Rosary at Pompeii.

the New Pompeii the day of its birth. Since then millions of pilgrims have been

expressing their love for the Virgin, experiencing the beauty and depth of the

prayer of the Rosary. At Pompeii, in the Shrine of the Rosary, they let them be

led by the hand by the Holy Virgin to contemplate the face of Christ.

Even this time, in an atmosphere of intense participation, made of prayer and

contemplation, the faithful arrived, even after several hours of waiting, standing

in a queue, at the foot of the Icon in order to admire and kiss Her, offering

Her their lives, their hopes and their pains.

A constant and unceasing prayer marked the hours of that memorable day

which gathered in “one heart and one mind” people from all over Italy to keep

and ponder along with Mary the mysteries of Jesus, to assimilate increasingly

his feelings and conform themselves increasingly to Him.

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In 1992, John Paul II likened the members

of the Confraternity of Mercy to

a peaceful army of promoters and supporters

of the “Civilization of Love”. This

prestigious Confraternity, starting from

December 6, 2008, has one of its seats in

Pompeii, being included in the broader

context of charity of the Marian Shrine.

The inauguration of the seat, at the

“Blessed Virgin of the Rosary” Educational

Centre, was preceded by a long

and silent journey of collaboration with

the Centre, where, for seven years, the

volunteers of the Mercies have worked

alongside of the Sisters of Pompeii, taking

care of the Children and mothers

who are welcomed there and concretely

committing themselves to the activities

of the “Miriam” Centre of Hearing.

An aid that, day after day, from 2001 up

to now, has been enriching with experiences

and new forms of welcome the

Centre itself. A commitment that is still

underway and that finds its full realization

in this new place which is “open to

all those who are led by the same light:

that of him who offers help without expecting

anything in return, if not the joy

that comes from doing an act of love”.

It is with these words that Dr. Antonietta

Bianco, Governor of the Confraternity

and volunteer at the Educational Center,

began the works of the Conference

of presentation of the activities and

goals of the “Mercies” of Pompeii. At the

conference spoke the Archbishop of

Pompeii, Msgr. Carlo Liberati, the Councillor

of Culture of the Marian city Dr.

Antonio Ebreo, the National President

of the Confederation of Mercies of Italy,

Dr. Gabriele Brunini, with the National

Councillor, Dr. Giuseppe De Stefano,

The “Mercies“ in Pompeii

Inaugurated in the Marian city the seat of the “Confraternity

of Mercy”, in the presence of the National President,

of the regional and local authorities, and of the

Papal Delegate to the Shrine and the Works of Charity.

by Daria Gentile

the Director General of the Asl Napoli 5,

Dr. Gennaro D’Auria, the Director of the

“Blessed Virgin” Educational Centre and

Adviser of the Magistrate of the Confraternity,

Sister Maria Neve Cuomo.

The meeting, moderated by Fr. Domenico

Arcaro, Spiritual Guide of the local

Confraternity, highlighted the goal of

the Mercies of Pompeii: to support the

Dominican Sisters in the service of charity

wanted by Blessed Bartolo Longo. In

the Mass, presided over by Msgr. Lib-

erati, before the conference, the Pompeian

Pastor, drawing inspiration from

the parable of the “good Samaritan”

(Lk 10:36), retraced the history and the

path done by the Mercies, since their

foundation to today.

Currently, the Confederation of Mercies

counts among its ranks six hundred

thousand brothers engaged in rescuing

and assisting all those who are in serious

need, by any means and any form

of aid possible.

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Iconography of the Rosary - 6 by Salvatore Sorrentino

A beautiful, majestic

and sweet image

It is the enthusiastic comment of Blessed Bartolo Longo who, after the restorations made by

Guglielmo Galella (1876) and Federico Maldarelli (1879), perceives in the Icon such a transformation

as to induce the faithful, attracted and admired, to kneel down and pray. A change considered

almost prodigious, which was not attributable to a human work, but to an “arcane force”.

In the last article we have already dealt with the unusual

arrival, from Naples, of the icon of the Virgin of the Rosary

at Pompeii, carried on a wagon of manure, and the need for

its urgent restoration. Now we will cover the first retouches

on the painting by local artists. That evening, therefore, the

13 th of November of 1875, Don Bartolo, because of the deformity

of the painting (photo below), so much that it could

The first image of the Picture of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii

before the retouching by Galella. Lithography of Folletto.

not be exposed to public veneration, had to resign himself

in seeing the fruit of his trip to Naples “placed in a corner,

behind the altar of the parish”.

A restoration was, so, necessary.

The pastor proposed as restorer the painter Guglielmo

Galella, a penitent of his and a good Christian, who was

used to portray the views of Pompeii in the amphitheatre of

the archaeological excavations of Valley. Galella accepted

the task asking some more time to be able to complete the

difficult work.

Meanwhile, once completed the mission, which brought

abundant spiritual fruits, it was necessary to act immediately

in order to erect the confraternity of the Rosary, given

the climate of religious fervour, still in force, which had

taken root among the people of the Valley.

Waiting for the Painting restored, then, Don Bartolo did his

best to obtain the documents and the permissions needed

for that purpose. The foundation diploma came to the Valley

on December 12, 1875 and was sent to the Curia of

Nola for obtaining the nihil obstat from the bishop.

Finally, towards the end of January 1876, Galella returned

the painting restored (photo on the next page). Also this

time, the reaction of Longo at the sight of the painting was

not the happiest. Recalling, in fact, this event in his autobiographical

work, History of the Shrine, he would write:

“The painter, poor! He had not been able to do better […]

But, restored this way, at least it could be exposed to public

veneration, without danger of being banned from the Holy


Now everything was ready to erect canonically the desired

confraternity of the Rosary. What solemnly happened on

Sunday, the 13 th of February of 1876, a day expressly chosen

by Don Bartolo because it was the liturgical commemoration

of the tertiary Dominican Saint Catherine of Ricci,

“vox populi”, in the Most Holy Saviour Parish.

In the meantime, the first graces related to the Pompeian

work began to rain through - we recall that the first person

healed miraculously was the girl Clorinda Lucarelli of Naples,

who was cured from epilepsy - which made further

increase the number of the faithful devoted to Our Lady of


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Among these there was also the well-known Neapolitan

painter Federico Maldarelli who, in May 1879, “seeing that

the devotion of many Neapolitan and foreign lords to the

Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii had increased, and whose

image was almost in total deterioration due to the humidity

of the parish, offered his free collaboration to make a more

perfect and complete repair” (ibidem). Don Bartolo agreed

with good grace to the offer of the eminent painter and took

this propitious opportunity to have changes made to the image

that he had conceived for a long time: to change Saint

Rose in Saint Catherine of Siena.

The painting remained in the study of Maldarelli from June

1879 to August of the same year. Meanwhile, in its place,

another painting was exposed depicting the “Wedding of

Saint Catherine of Siena”, which had been given to the Advocate

once again by Sister Maria Concetta De Litala.

Maldarelli proved to be, compared to Galella, an artist more

attentive to the needs of the task he had taken on.

The artist undertook, in the first place, the work of reframing

the painting for which he contacted the specialist

Francesco Chiariello of Naples. Through this operation - as

we can read in the History of the Shrine - he “was able to

add a span to the painting that lacked in the old cloth. And

he made this with such an imitation of the old hues that the

work seemed, from a distance, to have been done at the

same time and by the same author”.

Surely, the face of the Virgin after the retouching of

Maldarelli, took looks more suitable to her figure. However,

Don Bartolo noticed a “transformation” in the face of

the Virgin when the painting was moved from the Parish of

the Most Holy Saviour to a new chapel, situated to the left

of the Shrine and dedicated to St. Catherine.

The Blessed, in fact, writes: “From that very day began

being noticed in the features of the Heavenly Queen such

a beauty, majesty and a confidential sweetness that you

could not see before”. And he is convinced that this feeling

of his is shared unanimously by all the faithful who visit

Our Lady of Pompeii. Indeed, “Neapolitans and foreigners,

who arrive here (at the Shrine) every day, recognize in

this image something that attracts to admire it, not for the

mastery of art, being this certainly not one of the Virgins by

Raffaello, but instead for a mysterious force which claims

attention and induces, unawares, to kneel down and pray”


These words indicate that to the subjective aspect of his

personal spiritual experience, which was unique and special,

Don Bartolo combines the objective aspect, namely

the intervention of the supernatural on the icon, bringing as

a proof of this the fact that many faithful, different for culture

and social condition, before that image, which is not

an artistic masterpiece of great importance, felt attracted to

admiring it and induced to pray.

But Antonio Illibato rightly states that «the historian […]

cannot give any judgement about the man of God, who notices

in an image of the Virgin, whom he tenderly loved, “such a

beauty, a majesty and a sweetness” which were not recognizable


On this whole affair concerning Longo, interesting are finally,

the considerations made by Msgr. Domenico Sorrentino,

who expresses himself with these words in a reflec-

«Lithograph of Our Lady of the Rosary engraved by Dolfino, evidently

after the “touching-up” made by Galella, given the lesser

roughness of the ensemble. It should be noted, however, that St.

Rose of Lima has already been changed in St. Catherine of Siena,

even earlier that this actually would happen on canvas by

Maldarelli. Easy to believe that this change had directly been suggested

by B. Longo» (A. O. Gravier).

tion of his on the Pompeian icon: «We have at first a very

poor canvas, sent to Pompeii through the strange as well

as humiliating transport on a wagon of manure! On this

painting worked subsequently several artists who do not

seem to have left their name to the history of art. But he,

who really “worked” that picture, claiming that it would

fully express the features of the mystery he gradually had

sensed, was the converted-missionary Bartolo Longo.

With his desire, his insistence, his indications, he made

in some way of himself the voice of the Spirit for painters

and restorers, and surrendered only when that icon assumed

its final form, nearly according to an ideal model,

sensed, if not contemplated. At the end, he was so happy,

that he hailed it as a “miracle”». (D. Sorrentino, “Da Bartolo

Longo a noi: il carisma della Chiesa di Pompei”, a

report the author dealt with on September 10, 2001, in

Magnificat, Year 1 No.1, p. 154).

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The second


of the Singing


of the Meeting

of the Young

by Giovanni Russo

The WYD in Sydney, held last

July, made even more visible

the privileged dialogue between

the Holy Father Benedict

XVI and the young.

Even during his pastoral visit to Pompeii,

the Pope showed particular

attention to new generations, to

those who, in the church, embody

and testify hope:

“This city, which Longo refounded,

is thus a historical demonstration

of how God transforms the world:

filling the human heart with love

and making it a “vehicle” of religious

and social renewal. Pompeii

is an example of how faith

can work in the human city, inspiring

apostles of charity who place

themselves at the service of the

lowly and the poor and act to ensure

that the dignity of the least

is respected and that they find acceptance

and advancement. Here

in Pompeii one realizes that love

for God and love for neighbour

are inseparable. Here the genuine

Christian people, the people who

face life with sacrifices, find the

strength to persevere in good without

stooping to compromises”.

Let us keep alive “hope”, let us

Give life to the talent that is in you!

defend our “dreams” from false illusions,

injustice, oppression, violence,

let us spread the culture of


We will discuss about that on the

occasion of the next Meeting of

the Young, now arrived at its XXIII

edition, the annual event that the

Church of Pompeii organizes integrating

it into the broader picture

of the path of formation, promoted

by the National Youth Pastoral.

It will be an edition full of initiatives.

In particular, we wish to recall

the II edition of the Singing

Contest: “Give life to the talent

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that is in you”. This is a real review

of unpublished songs on the

theme of legality, which will see as

protagonists songwriters from all

over Italy.

This year the winning song will

become the new anthem of the

“Meeting of the Young”.

for inforMaTion

Ph. (+39) 081 8577457 - 335 6882837

fax (+39) 081 8577483

giovani@santuariodipompei.it - www.santuario.it

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Jorneying with the

Icon of our Pilgrim Lady

Castro Marina

by Piero Frisullo

Perhaps not everyone knows that in

Castro Marina, a town few kilometres

from the last edge of the Italian

peninsula, in the deep Salento, there

is a Shrine dedicated to the Virgin of

Pompeii, since 1895. Here, from June

care of Antonio Marrese

15-19, paused the pilgrim icon of the

Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii.

The entire community mobilized immediately

with trepidation to get

ready for the celebration of the event

and so to welcome with renewed

heart the visit of Mary Most Holy

who was bringing the Lord, like She

had done at Ain Karim with her relative


In the afternoon of June 15, in the

presence of the civil and military authorities,

the religious and civil associations,

at the entry road of Marina

di Castro, the faithful of the Holy

Virgin welcomed with great emotion

the Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of

Pompeii who, accompanied by Msgr.

Carlo Liberati, Archbishop Prelate of

the Pontifical Shrine of Campania, arrived

in our “Marian town”.

The parish priest, Fr. Piero Frisullo, in

his welcome greeting began with

the words: “Castro is a Marian city”.

In his brief inaugural speech, he recalled

the one thousand and six hundred

years of Marian history lived by

the parish communities of Castro in

moments sometimes dramatic.

A large crowd of faithful accompanied

in procession the “August Queen

of Victories”, as “the bride in her wedding

day”. In Colombo’s Square, the

Eucharistic celebration, presided over

by H.E. Msgr. Liberati, united the solid

assembly in an intimate communion

between the pilgrim Church on earth

and the heavenly one.

Renewing the ancient custom of the

annual celebrations on August 12, celebrated

in honour of the Blessed Virgin

of the Rosary of Pompeii, with

the procession by sea of the statue

of Our Lady, the inhabitants of Castro

willed to offer the same tribute to the

Icon of the “Sovereign of heaven and

earth”. Prior to landing, the fireworks

launched from the cliff on the waters

of the placid sea shook the rocks and

lit up the sky.

After landing, the Venerated image

was accompanied in our Sanctuary and

enthroned on the altar, where is ordinarily

placed our statue of the Madonna

of Pompeii, a valuable work of


On the days 15-19, the neighbouring

parish communities of Vignacastrisi,

Ortelle, Marittima, Diso, Spongano,

Andrano, Castiglione, Vitigliano, Santa

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Cesarea, Cerfignano, Cursi expressed

their great love and devotion for the

Queen of Victories alternating in mini


One of the most beautiful moments

of the Mission was the prayer meeting

with Fr. Giosy Cento in concert,

who offered a tender singing testimony

on his beloved fellow countryman

Don Tonino Bello. It was exciting

to see so many young people singing

and praying, invoking with their arms

raised on high, Mary.

On June 19, the final day of the Mission,

in memory of the event, the missionaries

of Pompeii gave the community

of Castro an image of the Blessed

Virgin of Pompeii and of Blessed Bartolo

Longo. After the Mass, the Icon

of the “Omnipotent by Grace” was

accompanied in procession as far as

Dante’s Square for the farewell greeting.

On the faces of everyone were carved

the words “We shall never abandon


In order that those days of grace might


by Lucia Casillo

The 250 th anniversary (1758-2008) of

the founding of the parish church dedicated

to the Immaculate Conception,

celebrated at Terzigno from June 30 to

July 2 this year, strongly willed and organized

by the parish priest Msgr. Vito

Menna, was an opportunity to host the

remain alive in our memory, the first Sunday of October, after the Petition, in

our Sanctuary has been blessed a Lecce stone altar where is exposed to the

veneration of the faithful the picture of Our Lady of Pompeii with a side inscription

recalling the event: “The pilgrim icon of the Virgin of Pompeii renews

faith in the heavenly Mother. Castro, Marian Mission 15-19 June 2008”.

venerable picture of the Blessed Virgin

of Pompeii. Like it happened at Pompeii

on November 13, 1875, we wished

the Picture to come into our town, not

in the humility of the past - on a wagon

of manure - but on a wagon worthily

adorned with flowers. Upon its arrival,

the image of Our Lady was welcomed

by the entire population in celebration.

Between two wings of crowd and continuous

waving of scarves, it reached

Msgr. Trojano Caracciolo del Sole’s

Square, after the name of the founder

of our church.

After the greeting of the Authorities

and the solemn celebration of the

Eucharist presided over by Msgr. Beniamino

De Palma, Pastor of the diocese

of Nola, the picture made its entrance

into the Church, where it was exposed

to the veneration of the faithful who,

led by the missionary team of Pompeii,

kept vigil in prayer all night long.

The Marian mission continued with

intensity also the following day with

various celebrations. After the “Good

morning to Mary” and the praises of

the morning, the Mass with the special

presence of the drivers of the motor

vehicles and the Mass with the participation

of the boys, presided over

by the missionary Fr. Domenico Arcaro,

were celebrated. In the afternoon, after

the penitential liturgy and the Holy

Rosary, meditated and animated by

the young lay people of the missionary

team, the Rector of the Shrine of Pompeii,

Msgr. Francesco Paolo Soprano,

presided over the Eucharist for the

spouses, around seventy couples who

this year have celebrated their wedding


The day ended with a meeting with the

young and the thrilling concert performed

by Fr. Giosy Cento, which involved

joyously all those present with

songs of praise to the Lord and the Virgin


On July 2, to preside over the celebration

of the Eucharist was Msgr. Carlo

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Liberati, Archbishop of Pompeii, who administered to about

100 sick the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

During the beautiful celebration, the eminent Prelate highlighted,

with touching words, the salvific value of the suffering,

when it is offered to the Lord in reparation for the sins

of the world.

The celebrations ended with the solemn Mass presided over

by Archbishop Luigi Travaglino, Apostolic Nuncio, who read

the special blessing from the Holy Father Benedict XVI to the

whole community for the anniversary of the founding of the

parish church.

After the consecration of our community to the Virgin of

Pompeii, the venerable Icon returned, always on the beautiful

wagon, to its Shrine, escorted by the police and accompanied

by both the civil Authorities and a huge crowd

of faithful which greatly increased along the path that from

Terzigno led to the Marian city.

At Pompeii, the Shrine seemed small, so small as not to contain

the many faithful excited, full of joy and, above all, grateful

to the “Mother of the Rosary” for allowing to celebrate

with her presence the 250 th anniversary of the building of a

temple dedicated to her Immaculate Conception. The gratitude

of the faithful rightly involved the parish priest, Msgr.

Vito Menna, creator and matchless organizer of the event.

As eternal remembrance, the missionary team of Pompeii

gave to our parish a copy of the image of the Virgin of the

Rosary and of Blessed Bartolo Longo.

Both were placed in a hall that was dedicated precisely to

them, along with Saint Joseph Moscati, friend and physician

of the founder of the Marian city.

The entire parish community of the Immaculate and the

whole town of Terzigno warmly thank the Shrine of Pompeii

and its Responsibles in charge for their commitment to

evangelization and promotion of the Marian devotion, extraordinary

channel of spiritual benefits.

Torre Orsaia

by Maria Concetta Carugno

For the parish communities of Torre

Orsaia and Castelruggero in Cilento,

the presence of the venerated Icon

of Our Lady of Pompeii was a great

event, which qualified and enriched

the Laurentian Jubilee Year, dedicated

to the patron Saint Lawrence Martyr,

in the 1750 th anniversary of his glorious


The Picture of Our Lady of Pompeii,

one of the most venerated Marian

icons in the world, was on a visit to the

parishes of Torre Orsaia and Castelruggero,

diocese of Teggiano-Policastro,

from September 11-14, 2008. The

Icon was welcomed at the entrance to

the city by the diocesan Bishop, Msgr.

Angelo Spinillo, the rejoicing faithful,

the Mayor, Giuseppa Vairo, the Asses-

sors, the municipal Councilors and the

Military Authorities.

In procession, shouldered by some

bearers of Torre, it was placed in the

fourteenth-century Cathedral Church,

dedicated to Saint Lawrence Martyr.

One of the chapels of the church is

dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

The greetings of the parish priest, Fr.

Pasquale Pellegrino and of Fr. Antonio

Marrese, head of the delegation accompanying

the Icon in the Marian

Missions of the Rosary, in Italy and

in the world, preceded the solemn Eucharistic

concelebration, presided over

by the diocesan Bishop. A prayer vigil

followed which lasted until late in the


The days of the mission were very intense.

The recitation of the Holy Rosary

was constantly animated by the

young Pompeian missionaries. Particularly

welcome and exciting were

the “Good Morning to Mary” and the

“Good Night to Mary”, with the participation

of many faithful. Similarly,

very well attended, with attention and

faith, were the celebrations and confessions

presided over by the missionary

priests, Msgr. Ciro Cozzolino and Fr.

Rosario Pepe. The inter-parish Schola

Cantorum animated all the liturgies

and performed also a concert of sacred

music dedicated to the Blessed Virgin.

In the evening of the thirteenth, the

icon was carried in procession to the

Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua in Castelruggero,

making even more solemn

the celebrations in honour of the Saint

of Padua, which took place every thirteenth

of the month.

The Pompeian pastor, Msgr. Carlo Liberati,

in the vespertine concelebration

of the Eucharist, entrusted the parish

communities of Torre Orsaia and Castelruggero

to the Virgin of the Rosary

of Pompeii.

On Sunday, September 14, the last

day of the mission, the Archbishop of

Pompeii entrusted the priestly ministry

of our beloved parish priest, Fr. Pasquale

Pellegrino, to Our Lady of the

Rosary, on the occasion of the sixth

anniversary of his ordination.

The Marian Mission ended with the

prayer for the canonization of Blessed

Bartolo Longo, who built the new city

of Pompeii as the city of love, hope

and faith, but, above all, as the city of

the Rosary, ... the sweet chain which

unites us to God.

The hope is that those days of grace

lived at the foot of the Queen of the

Rosary be for our parish communities

the beginning of a life of grace under

Her maternal protection.

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Journeying with the Icon of our Pilgrim Lady


by Claudio Argentieri

The pilgrim icon of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii stopped for a few days

in Latiano (October 23-26), a town of Salento that gave birth to Blessed Bartolo

Longo, founder of the Shrine and its Works of Charity.

The Latiano inhabitants reserved a particularly warm reception to the venerated

icon, with many initiatives that took place over a whole week, renewing

in this way also the twinning with Pompeii.

On Monday, October 20, at the Imperiali Palace there was the presentation

of the book “La via di Maria: fede, arte e storia” (The Way of Mary: faith, art

and history)”, a volume that reconstructs and retraces the Marian devotion in

the Diocese of Oria. On Wednesday,

October 22, was held at the Imperiali

Palace the national conference “Bartolo

Longo: relevance of his social

thought”, with the projection of the

video “In Bartolo Longo’s footsteps

from Latiano to Pompeii”, during the

evening there were the speeches by

Nicola Avellino, Salvatore Settembrini,

Luigi Avellino and Msgr. Pasquale


In the evening of Thursday, October

23, there was the arrival of the icon

of Our Lady of Pompeii, welcomed by

a joyful and devoted crowd. The Mass

was celebrated by the Bishop of Oria,

Msgr. Michele Castoro.

On Friday, October 24, the school pupils

of Latiano visited the Icon at the

Cathedral Church of Latiano - seat of

the parish community Santa Maria

della Neve - welcomed by the missionaries

and the parish priest Msgr.

Angelo Altavilla.

In the evening, there was the awaited

concert of Fr. Giosy Cento with the

participation of many young people

very fond of his songs, and the inauguration

of the renovated church

recreation Youth Centre in Garibaldi


On Saturday, October 25, in the morning,

the missionaries visited the families

of the sick, giving them faith and

hope. In the evening, after the Mass

presided over by Msgr. Carlo Liberati,

Archbishop of Pompeii, the town procession

took place.

On Sunday, October 26, twenty-eighth

anniversary of the beatification of Bartolo

Longo, occurred in St. Peter’s

Square on October 26, 1980, after the

Eucharistic celebration and the Petition

to the Virgin of the Rosary, the

Picture left, among applause and moments

of emotion on the part of the

fellow-citizens of the Blessed.

It was a very intense week for the

town, which renewed and strengthened

the link with the Shrine of Pompeii:

before the pilgrim Icon of the

Blessed Virgin of the Rosary several

thousands of faithful prayed in those

days, some even coming from the

towns neighbouring to the Blessed’s

hometown, which recently has been

proclaimed “Marian City”.

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by Antonio Caforio

After nine years (January 2000), the

parish community of Santa Lucia of

Taranto had the privilege of welcoming,

from October 26-29, 2008, the

pilgrim Icon of the Virgin of the Rosary

of Pompeii, within the broader

context of the mission to the people

of The Eastern Vicariate I of the capital

of Puglia.

The Picture of Our lady arrived from

Latiano, birthplace of Blessed Bartolo

Longo, in the afternoon of Sunday,

October 26, welcomed by the parish

priest, Fr. Antonio Caforio, by a flood

of people, the Confraternity of the Rosary

of Taranto and a delegation of

the Knights and Dames of the Equestrian

Order of the Holy Sepulchre of

Jerusalem, of which Blessed Bartolo

was a member.

After reaching, in procession, the parish

church Msgr. Benigno Luigi Papa,

Archbishop of Taranto, presided over

the solemn concelebration of the Eucharist.

At the end, to the wonder and

surprise of all, Fr. Antonio Marrese,

Head of the Pompeian Marian Mission

of the Rosary, donated to the

Shepherd of Taranto a valuable pectoral

cross with the effigy of the Our


A precious gift of the mission was also

the presence of Fr. Giosy Cento,

with its reflection on “Mary, Virgin

and Mother” and the concert dedicated

to three extraordinary witnesses to

the faith: Mother Teresa of Calcutta,

John Paul II and Don Tonino Bello,

Bishop of Molfetta.

It was really a special grace for the

parish community to experience all

that the presence of Mary worked: in

the heart of so many, first of all, who

from every corner of Taranto came to

venerate Her, or in the hearts touched

and comforted by God’s Grace and

Forgiveness and, yet, in the sick visited

at home by the missionary team,

in the children and teenagers of the

schools that expressed their love with

songs, prayers and Marian hymns.

Above all, it was an extraordinary

event the conclusion of the Mission

with the procession of the Picture

from the Parish of Santa Lucia to the

con-Cathedral, with the participation

of the parish priests and all the priests

of the Vicariate, of so many faithful

and the brethren of the Confraternity

of the Rosary of Tarsano who shouldered

the Icon. The procession was

followed by the concelebration of

the Eucharist, presided over by Msgr.

Michele Castor, Bishop of Oria, with

the presence of all the priests and Fr.

Franco Castellana, Vicar General of

the Archdiocese of Taranto.

The experience and the gift of the

Mission in the presence of the Icon

should now become a commitment to

be preserved and managed. This is the

most important gift we ask the Queen

of Victories, “our Madonna” of the

Rosary of Pompeii.

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The parish of St. John the Apostle of

Marotta di Fano (Pesaro) lived, from

6 to 9 November 2008, an intense experience

of faith and communion in

the presence of Our Lady of Pompeii

and the missionaries (priests, nuns

and lay people) that animated the

Marian Mission of the Rosary promoted

by the Shrine of Pompeii.

To explain the meaning of the event

was the diocesan Bishop, Msgr. Armando

Trasarti, who in welcoming

the Image in the parish church, after

a short procession, highlighted as

the days of the mission could be a

great opportunity of faith and spiritual

growth for the entire community.

In fact, Mary shows, gives and points

at Jesus, she makes Him known, offers

Him to each one with the invitation

to “do whatever He tells you”.

And the days of the mission were lived

just as an occasion of prayer, understanding,

meeting for all. Intense

days lived with enthusiasm: the Morning

Prayer and Mass, the celebration

of the sacrament of reconciliation,

the visit to the elderly and the sick,

the afternoon meetings with children

and teens, and the recitation of the

rosary animated by the young lay

missionaries. It was a new way to

know and get closer to Mary and to

prayer. Then, the concert of Fr. Giosy

Cento: from the historic “Water we

are”, to the new and fascinating songs

Marotta di Fano

inspired by the lyrics of Don Tonino

Bello, which “heated” the theatre of

the parish and, especially, the hearts

of those present. And yet, the prayer

vigil for the families: the renewal of

the wedding vows, offering to the

Lord one’s own family and love. Every

evening, finally, the Marian prayer of

by Enrico Secchiaroli

“Good night to Mary” really ended

the intense day.

All the appointments of the mission,

which revealed as a real commitment

to spiritual life, were coordinated and

organized by Fr. Enrico Secchiaroli,

and accompanied and supported by

the self-commitment of many who

worked for hospitality and welcome.

To seal the special bond of friendship

that was born between our community

and the missionaries of Pompeii,

the solemn celebration of the Eucharist

of Sunday, November 9, presided

over by Msgr. Carlo Liberati, Archbishop

of Pompeii, native of Matelica,

in the Marches, and companion of

study of the parish priest, Mgr. Mario

Giulietti, precisely in the Seminary of


So ended the mission: a true moment

of grace, of intense prayer, of brotherhood

that under the protection of the

Virgin Mary will certainly bear abundant

spiritual fruits for all.

The first ninety years of the founding

of the parish - celebrated in 2008 -

look with great hope to the years to


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San Giovanni a Teduccio

by Orlando Esposito

The 170 th anniversary of the consecration

of the high altar of the of

Santa Maria del Soccorso Parish in

San Giovanni a Teduccio (NA), was

the occasion to invite the pilgrim icon

of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii

and live two days of Marian spirituality

between November 19 and 20,


The stop was brief, but the participation

was intense characterized by particular

meetings with the sick, teens

and prexgnant women. Many people

took part in and each one received

strength, support and faith from the

Virgin and the catechesis. Very good

were the priests of the Marian mission

because with a simple and topical

language were capable to grasp

all the problems, cares and hopes

of our people. They confessed many

people and, especially, were able to

enter the hearts of everyone. Also

the nuns and the lay missionaries

of Pompeii, with skill and generosity,

gave testimony of true faith and devotion

to Our Lady.

We will not forget these days full of

grace and particularly, upon the arrival

of the Icon, the meeting with

the soldiers of the “Cavalleri” barracks,

where has its seat the 2 nd Command

of the Forces of Defense controlling

the entire south of Italy. It

was moving to see so many soldiers

who defend peace and legality in delicate

missions abroad, to pause and

humbly pray before the image of the

Virgin Mary.

Even the meeting with the students

of the “Giotto-Monti” Middle School

and the “Petriccione” Technical High

School was well organized, intriguing

and enthusing everyone.

The Mass celebrated by the Archbishop

of Pompeii, Msgr. Carlo Liberati,

gave a special touch to the celebration

with his brilliant homily on the

Marian devotion and the dignity of

the woman, giving everyone the courage

to face the many challenges of

our time.

At the departure, lots of people in

short procession at the light of torches

bade farewell to Our Lady, with

the promise to reciprocate the visit.

Thank you, Mary, for what you have

sown in our community, with the hope

that each of us can experience the

joy of seeing in the future abundant

fruits of good.

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of the Rosary

care of Marida D’Amora

After driving many miles and shared joy, fatigue and emotions, the group

“Friends of the Velocipede” of the “Sant’Ambrogio” parish of Vanzaghello

(MI), reached the Shrine of Pompeii last June 9 to trust to Our Lady and

invoke her blessing. The group was at its ninth pilgrimage on bicycle. Its

“adventure” had began on the occasion of the Jubilee of 2000, when, at

the parish priest’s initiative, Fr. Armando Bosani, it was received in audience

by Pope John Paul II. Over the years, enthusiasm and the desire to

ride together to achieve the goals that the heart indicated to the cyclists,

have grown more and more. Step after step, the backpacks have been

filled with faith and friendship, and fatigue, along with prayer, has heartened

their minds. At Pompeii, they received a special blessing, before continuing

the journey towards other Shrines of Campania and Calabria.

“We have come to trust to Our Lady of Pompeii and ask Her to support us

with her maternal help”. To express with these simple words the profound

significance of the pilgrimage lived in Pompeii last June 14, is Fr. Teodoro

Rapuano, pastor of the “San Pompilio Maria Pirrotti” parish of Montecalvo

Irpino (AV). There were 400 arrived in the Marian city, where the

youngest of the community, well 54 children (photo below), received the

Sacrament of Confirmation. To preside

over Mass and administer the

sacrament to the young pilgrims

was Msgr. Carlo Liberati, Archbishop

of Pompeii, who in his homily,

urged them not to “give in to the

temptations of the world, but to

live the true values of life”.

On June 23, the Padre Pio group

of prayer “Maria SS.ma Annunziata”

of Gela (CT) returned to visit

the Marian Shrine. Like every year,

the pilgrims from Gela, accompanied

by Fr. Filippo Salerno, spiritual

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leader of the group, made a stop at Pompeii to thank

the Virgin, before going to San Giovanni Rotondo (FG).

The pilgrimage in the Marian city was described by the

same pilgrims as a truly unique experience, which gave

everyone an indescribable joy and serenity.

Pilgrims to the Marian Shrine, on Tuesday July 8, 300

faithful of the “Santa Maria della Vittoria” parish of

Casagiove (CE), led by the parish priest, Fr. Stefano

Giaquinto, and by the Mayor, Vincenzo Melone. The

visit combined the love for the Virgin, to Whom the

community is deeply devoted, and the link between

the two municipalities of Campania which, thanks to

this initiative, will also sign a “Pact of Friendship” that

will offer them the opportunity to go together along a

path of mutual knowledge, implementing several common

initiatives. That is just what occurred, already the

following Saturday, when the Mayor Melone and 500

young people belonging to the community of Casagiove

(photo above) came back to the Marian town to

officially sign the pact of friendship.

Led by Father Giuseppeh Passamonte, came on a pilgrimage

to Pompeii, on July 15, the “Padre Pio” prayer

group of Ficarazzi (PA). The 56 faithful (photo on the

right) visiting the Marian Shrine entrusted the beginning

of the new pastoral year to the Virgin. Deeply in

love with the Madonna of Pompeii, the faithful from

Ficarazzi often come to pay visit to Her. During the year,

especially during the months of May and October, they

give life to numerous activities dedicated to the Virgin.

Among these we recall the “itinerant Rosary”, scheduled

every Saturday of the month of May. Eight processions

from different points of the city begin marching

to gather in the church of St. Athanasius, for saying the

Holy Rosary, the prayer that accompanies the spiritual

journey of the community.

As in previous years, also this time the Shrine of

Pompeii hosted during the summer months, young

seminarians who experienced the beauty and joy of

a pastoral experience to the school of the Rosary. To

live this intense emotion, from July 13-20, were the

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Pilgrims of the Rosary Pilgrims of the Rosary

seminarians Giuseppe Ingrao and

Carmelo Colletti, both Sicilian, who

had thus the opportunity to feel in

a new way the presence of God and

of the Virgin in their lives of young

people who are preparing for the

priesthood. Besides taking part in

numerous pastoral activities and in

moments of prayer, they also visited

the works of charity of the Shrine

and the places where Blessed Bartolo

Longo lived and worked.

Journeying in the footsteps of St.

Paul, going back over his steps from

the city of Rome to Greece, on August

3, a group of faithful from

Court Saint Etienne, a small Belgian

town, stopped at Pompeii to

pay homage to the Virgin of the Rosary

and Blessed Bartolo Longo. For

the first time on a visit to the Marian

city, the pilgrims (photo above)

were led by Father Albert Marie

Demoitié. Enthusiastic about the

reception received, they were particularly

fascinated by the artistic

beauty of the Basilica and the richness

of ex-the votos, a testimony of

the miracles worked through the

intercession of the Virgin.

Punctual to their appointment with

Our Lady of Pompeii, as it is tradition

now for 16 years, the faithful

of Casapulla, in the province of Caserta,

who, between the 12 th and

the 13 th of September, marched

all night long for well 15 hours,

urged by the deep desire to “embrace”

once again the Virgin and

rely completely on Her. Since 1993,

the group, made up of men only,

today seventy, makes this journey

to which, year after year, add new

faithful, among whom many young

people. Led, as always, by Mr. Nicola

Buonpane, the pilgrims make this

journey also in memory of their

dear departed ones.

Promoted by the Renewal in the

Holy Spirit, in cooperation with the

Shrine of Pompeii, with the Pontifical

Council for the Family and the

National Office for the Pastoral

Care of the Family of CEI was held,

on September 20, in the Marian

city, the 1 st National Pilgrimage of

the Families for the Family. Adults,

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children and elderly put on the path towards Pompeii,

to witness the beauty of life and the originality of the

Christian family”.

Left from the nearby city of Scafati, more than 10,000

pilgrims traveled about 4 km reciting the Rosary.

Attending the special pilgrimage there was Salvatore

Martinez, National President of the Renewal in the

Holy Spirit, Fr. Sergio Nicolli, Director of the National

Office for the Pastoral of the Family of CEI, Msgr. Karl

Josef Romer, General Secretary of the Pontifical Council

for the Family, and Fr. Giovanni D’Ercole, Head of

the General Affairs Section of the Holy See. The path

toward the Shrine was marked by the recitation of the

“Rosary of the Family”, with the choice of five mysteries

relevant to the journey of the Christian family:

Jesus’ childhood, the wedding in Cana, Jesus’ agony,

Resurrection, Eucharist and Pentecost. On the parvis

of the Basilica (photo below on page 36), the pilgrims

prayed the Act of Entrustment to Mary, in the presence

of Msgr. Gennaro Pascarella, Bishop of Pozzuoli and

Delegate of the Episcopate of Campania for the family.

Immediately after the Archbishop of Pompeii presided

over the solemn Eucharistic concelebration.

They came from Syracuse the pilgrims visiting the Marian

Shrine last October 10. Led by their parish priest,

Fr. Massimo Di Natale, the faithful of the “Santa Maria

della Consolazione in Belvedere” parish paid homage

to the Virgin, to whom they are deeply devoted. At the

Shrine, where they spent an entire day, they (photo

above) attended Mass and other Marian activities.

For the third time on a pilgrimage to the Marian city,

on October 12, the members of the “Marcello Parisi”

Inter Club Salerno (photo below), who celebrated

the 21 st anniversary of the founding of the Club, entrusting

themselves and their families to the Virgin of

the Rosary. The nice Inter fans had already been on a

visit to Pompeii in 1987, the year of foundation of the

club, and then in 1998. During the visit, the pilgrims

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from Salerno met Msgr. Liberati, to

whom they donated the kit of the

Inter fan: a backpack containing a

cap, a keychain in the shape of a

balloon and a heart of cloth.

The First National Pilgrimage to

Pompeii also for the Confraternities

of the Rosary of the Dioceses

of Italy. On October 18 and 19, arrived

for the most part from the

Centre and the South of the Italian

Peninsula, the Confraternities

gathered in the Marian city to live

two intense days of meetings and

prayer. On Saturday 18 the pilgrims

were welcomed at the Sacred Heart

Institute, from where, in procession,

with banners and distinctive

ensigns, they reached the “Bartolo

Longo” Educational Center (photo

above). To do the honours was

Msgr. Carlo Liberati, Archbishop of

Pompeii. The brethren were led by

Msgr. Armando Brambilla, Auxilia-

ry Bishop of Rome and Delegate

of CEI for the Confraternities and

the Associations, by Dr. Francesco

Antonetti, President of the Confraternities

of the Dioceses of Italy, by

Cav. Felice Grilletto, Regional Coordinator

of Campania. The Mayor

of Pompeii, Adv. Claudio D’Alessio,

gave all them the welcome of the

city. The pilgrimage took place in

the broader context of the Pastoral

Visit of the Holy Father in Pompeii.

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Therefore, on Sunday 19, on the occasion of that event,

all took part in the Eucharistic celebration presided

over by the Pope, along with the thousands of faithful

came from all over Italy and the world. After the

Mass, they recited the Petition, led by Benedict XVI.

Led by the very nice Fr. Domenico Mastrangelo, returned

on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Pompeii, last

October 23, the faithful of the “Santa Maria Assunta”

parish of Moliterno, a small town in the province

of Potenza (photo below on the previous page). Very

great was the enthusiasm of the group which, once

again, has “embraced” the Virgin of Pompeii, whom

they visit twice a year, in May and October. Many were

the young people who participated in the pilgrimage,

during which all the pilgrims rallied round Fr. Domenico,

much loved by the whole community for his liveliness

and gaiety, on the occasion of his 42 nd anniversary

of priestly ordination. The trip, offered by one of

the families of the parish community in memory of a

relative of theirs who was very devoted to Our Lady

of Pompeii, strengthened the link between the Marian

city and Moliterno. Devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary

is very popular in the small town of Potenza and, in

particular, among the faithful of the church of “Santa

Maria Assunta”, in which there is an altar dedicated

just to Our Lady of Pompeii.

On the occasion of their third pilgrimage to the Marian

Shrine, last November 8 and 9, the Knights and Ladies

of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

- Lieutenancy of Southern Italy (photo above),

organized at the “Marianna De Fusco” Hall the conference:

“Comm. Prof. Luigi Leone: a man in the service of

culture”. A deep and intense encounter to remember

an extraordinary and much loved person, Professor

Luigi Leone, who was among the first four Knights bestowed

at Pompeii in June of 1989. At the table of the

speakers, his dearest friends. “Today we remember a

son of Pompeii”, began Cav. Prof. Luigi Ramunno, Delegate

for Pompeii, who through the report “Luigi Leone:

life and work” retraced the most important steps

of the life of his illustrious friend. After the greeting

the Mayor of Pompeii, Adv. Claudio D’Alessio, took,

then, the word Dr. Nadia Citarella, Manager of the 1 st

local primary education school district of Pompeii, of

which Professor Leone had been Head for many years.

“The master and the schoolman”, this was the title of

the report through which Dr. Citarella explained how

his pedagogy is still very topical. Finally, the speech of

Mgr. Pasquale Mocerino, Vicar General of the Church

of Pompeii. To him the task of retracing the journalistic

career of Leone “from ordinary news to great events”,

remembering also the long years of collaboration to

our magazine. In conclusion, Dr. Elio Bellecca, Grand

Officer and President of the Parthenope Section of

the Order, expressed his great admiration for a man

involved in so many fields, a sure touchstone for those

who knew him and an example of life for the new generations.

The next morning, the Knights and Ladies

gathered at the Educational Center “Bartolo Longo”

to create an evocative parade with the Standards of

the Order. Arrived in the Basilica, they attended the

Mass, presided over by Cardinal Michele Giordano,

Archbishop emeritus of Naples and Knight of Grand

Cross of the Order.

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Dear Madonna, that day I saw You: a shiny face

and big arms which raised me to start a new life.

It happened this way. I was walking the same

road, as always, every time I came back home, with

tranquility, along with my friend Rosaria. Suddenly, at

a crossroads, a big car, which proceeded very quickly,

lifted me up and threw me on the ground, while another

car hit me again. O my sweet Madonna, what a

fear! I fainted and fell with my head on the ground, all

bloodied. I do not wish this tragic experience to anyone.

Thank you, Virgin and please protect us all.

Giusy - Marcianise (CE)

Thank you, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii,

for recovering me. I know that last June 16

you were with me, when I was operated for a

brain tumor. I am Alessia, I am ten years and I would

like you to continue to stay by my side. Also thanks to

the great faith that my parents have had and continue to

have, I am still with them.

Alessia Volpicelli

Iwrite to thank the Madonna who has heard my

prayers. In fact, I went through a time when I was

very concerned about the health of my brother who,

for months, had been supporting several clinical texts

care of Ciro Cozzolino

and in the end, thanks to the Heavenly Virgin, the results

showed there was nothing bad. I would like, as

promised, to witness to the powerful intercession of the

Virgin before God and ask Her never to abandon us.

F. T. - Milan

Ihave been living in France for many years. I have

two children. One of them, Rolando, was seriously

ill. His greatest desire was to heal and return to Italy

forever. Our dear Madonna has heard us. My son has

now recovered and is returned definitively to Italy with

his wife, his daughter and his granddaughter: for all this

I thank the Most Blessed Virgin. I thank you warmly

for what you do, I ask that you pray for me, my husband,

my son and the other son of mine at the altar of

the Virgin and that my testimony be published in your


Rosa Muzzarelli - Marseille (France)

Iam a devotee of Our Lady of Pompeii. Last March

I went to do a mammogram. After two days, I was

summoned by doctors who told me that they had

found some breast spots. I immediately started praying

to the heavenly Mother. Two weeks later I retested control,

the outcome of which was providentially negative.

I thank Our Lady for her protection and pray to Her so

that She will continue to extend it to all my dear ones.

Rosaria Proia - New Rochelle - NY - (USA)

One day I went out, by car, with a friend of mine

and her husband. We had just left when another

car struck ours damaging it. The other driver in

the first time got out of his car and approached menacingly

to the point of starting a strong dispute, then,

almost inexplicably, he got into his car and drove away.

Thanking the Lord we did not suffer any physical consequences

and everything went well. Coming back home

I received from Italy “Il Rosario e la Nuova Pompei

English Edition. I interpreted this coincidence as a sign

of divine benevolence. We received a grace because

none of us, despite the impact, suffered injury, remaining

unscathed. For that I thank Our Lady of the Rosary

and Blessed Bartolo Longo.

Angela Dello Russo - Bronx, NY (USA)


would like to thank Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii,

Who is and has always been at my side and

close to my family, hearing my prayers during the

difficult moments of our life. My mother had serious

heart problems risking to die. She underwent an emer-

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Grateful to Our Lady and to the Blessed

gency operation and had a peace-maker implanted.

The surgery succeeded perfectly. Thanks to God and

to Our Lady of the Rosary whom I implored so much

with the Novena of Petition. My father also had serious

heart problems and now he is much better thanks to Our

Mother of Heaven and to prayer. We trust in Her, Who

is the bearer of Peace and Mercy.

Giuseppina Scarica - Reggio Calabria

Iwish to publicly thank the Holy Virgin of the Rosary

of Pompeii to whom I have been devoted for

years: every time I, unworthily, turn to Her praying

the Holy Rosary, She fills me and my whole family

with graces. Recently I was concerned about a serious

bronchitis that had struck my ninety-three-year old

mother. With tears in my eyes and with the Holy Rosary

in my hands, I recited the Novena of Petition to the Virgin

of the Rosary of Pompeii. I had not finished yet

the Novena that, with great joy, we realized that mom

had completely recovered. Thank you, thank you, thank

you from the bottom of my heart, o sweet Virgin of the

Rosary of Pompeii for your intercession and for the maternal

protection you have towards me and my family.

We never stop praying reciting the Holy Rosary.

Dr. Angela Sorino - Bari

Prayer for the canonization

God, Father of mercy, we praise you for having sent into the

history of humankind Blessed Bartolo Longo, ardent apostle

of the Rosary and shining example of a layman deeply

involved in the evangelical witnessing of faith and of charity.

We thank you for his extraordinary spiritual journey, his

prophetic intuitions, his tireless endeavours on behalf of

the poorest and the neglected, the devotion with which he

served your Church

and built the new city of love at Pompeii.

We beseech you, grant that Blessed Bartolo Longo soon be

numbered among the Saints of the universal Church, so

that everyone may follow him as a model of life and benefit

by his intercession. Amen

Thank you Our Lady of the Rosary! To the Madonna

I daily entrust my day. She has never abandoned

me, protecting and giving me the strength

to face many difficulties. I have entrusted to Her my

nothingness and prayed for the health of my daughter

in a moment of great concern. I have been answered.

I promised the Virgin to thank Her also through your

magazine that I receive regularly and that is arrived by

mail just this morning. Thank you, thank you, my sweet

Madonna, I hope that also my desire to come and honour

You at your Shrine in Pompeii will be soon fulfilled.

Once again I entrust my family to You.

Rossella - Pisa

Anyone who receives graces through the intercession of Blessed

Bartolo Longo, Founder of the Shrine, of the Charity Works and

of the City of Pompeii, is kindly requested to inform

the Vice-Petitioner for the cause of Canonization:


Piazza Bartolo Longo, 1 - 80045 Pompei (Naples)

Phone: + 39 081 8577275 - + 39 081 86338366 Fax: + 39 081 8503357

N.B. The communications must be accompanied by the full address

and the telephone number.

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Our readers write to us...

In Baltimore, between past and present

Dear Msgr. Liberati, I am Father Luigi

Esposito, pastor of the parish of

Our Lady of Pompeii in Baltimore,


Last June I was your guest, and

really I do not know how to thank

you for the kindness showed towards

me. I must also congratulate

for the professionalism, dignity and

respect of all those I had the pleasure

to meet in the offices of Shrine.

I enclose some photos: the one

that I had the pleasure to take with

you; the photo of the mosaic of the

Madonna of Pompeii that is in our

church and, finally, that of a panel

carved by hand by the children of

our mission in Peru. The panel has

a special meaning because it represents

the past and the present of

our community: the past because

it represents the Madonna of Pompeii,

as desired by the Italian Vincentian

Fathers, who founded the

parish and the present, because

the image was carved in wood by

the South Americans, who today

constitute a good percentage of our

parishioners. I hope to return soon

to Pompeii, I ask your prayers and

promise mine for all your intentions.

With all my Affection in Christ.

Father Luigi Eposito

Baltimore - Maryland (USA)

Meanwhile, we ourselves wish to thank you, dear Father Luigi, for your words

of praise for all of us and we want to confirm to you all our fraternal sharing

for your work in the parish community of Baltimore, dedicated to “Our Lady of

care of Augusto Di Vittorio

Pompeii” and for the missionary community

in Peru. Willingly we will pray

to the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii

for your intentions and those of your

parishioners, waiting for seeing you

again as soon as possible. Receive

all our good wishes in Christ Jesus

and have a Happy New Year 2009.

The living Rosary

in Madagascar

I am Father Tarcisio Piotto, a missionary

of the Work Don Orione in

Madagascar. During the Great Jubilee

of 2000, the Lord made me the

great grace to lend my service as

a priest confessor to the Shrine of

Pompeii and I have remained very

tied to your Shrine, thanks also to

the magazine “Il Rosario e la Nuova

Pompei” we have been receiving in

our community for several years,

and for this we thank you warmly.

A few years ago your Archbishop

Msgr. Liberati sent us a copy on

canvas of the beloved effigy of

Our Lady of the Rosary. Around

it devotion to the Holy Rosary has

grown among the people of our

parish, located in one of the poorest

areas of the capital. I am sending

a photo of mine amidst a group

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of children of the “living Rosary”.

Our Lady of the Rosary is their

patron saint. Every Wednesday afternoon

they gather for the weekly

meeting and to pray together the

Holy Rosary. They also undertaketo

say a dozen of the Rosary every

day in their families. Every evening,

since the year of the Rosary is started,

wanted by Pope John Paul II, there

is a group of Christians who, after

daily work, find themselves together

to pray the Rosary and Vespers.

During the months of May and October,

the devotion to the Rosary is

being spread in the seven districts in

which is divided our parish. Fascinating

is the procession with “flambeaux”

we organize at the end of

May, attended by around one thousand

people. Also the practice of the

Petition has been introduced on the

first Sunday of October and the 8 th of

May, in which people participated in

great number.

My heartfelt thanks to the Archbishop

of Pompeii, Msgr. Carlo Liberati,

for the gift of the Sacred Image and

for the good we can do spreading devotion

to the Holy Rosary. In union

of prayer in the Immaculate Heart of

Mary, with esteem and affection.

Father Tarcisio Piotta

Anatihazo - Antananarivo (Madagascar)

Dearest Father Tarcisio, what you

told us with your valuable testimony

has caused us great spiritual joy.

We are proud to know that you feel

so tied to our Shrine by a bond of

filial affection and love for the Virgin

of the Rosary. We are excited,

above all, for your work of spreading

the Holy Rosary and the historical

prayers of the Marian devotion

promoted by our Shrine. You guide

and take spiritual care in Anatihazo

of a community with the same heart

and colours of Pompeii!

Thanks you for your work of evangelization

and your missionary service.

May the Virgin of the Rosary of

Pompeii and Blessed Bartolo Longo

bless, protect and lead you in your

service to the Church.

I am writing to let you know that I

have been receiving your magazine

“Il Rosario e la Nuova Pompei” for

many years on behalf of my father,

Paolo Marzano, who is no longer

with us for two years. My mother

moved to live with us in the city of


I would like to continue receiving

the Magazine, because it is a family

tradition and I love to read it very

much. It is with your Magazine that

I learned Italian.

Our readers write to us...

The "Encuentro" Cultural Centre of San José, Costa Rica

It is a great joy for us to get in touch with a world so special as the Shrine

of Our Lady of Pompeii.

We are part of a group that meets every week in the “Encuentro” Cultural

Centre in San José, Costa Rica. Our website is: www.ccencuentro.net

Our home has a room dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii.

This photo shows me with the other ladies of the group. The canvas that

you can see behind us was donated by your Shrine some years ago.

People who approach the work of our centre are very different in training,

spirituality and culture. Cordially,

Mauricio Vizquez Lizano - San José (Costa Rica)

Also for us it is a very special occasion to know you and be informed on

the activities of your Cultural Centre. We visited your web page which, at

the moment we go to press, is still under construction. We will try again.

Meanwhile, have a Happy New Year and receive our best wishes for all

your planned initiatives. Let us know!

The Magazine: a family tradition!

Thank you for your kind attention

and I await your news.

Maria Angela Marzano

Burzaco - Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Thank you for letting us know about

your desire to continue receiving our

magazine and, above all, for your

appreciation in reading it.

It would be nice if you could help us

to spread it in your home town, both

in the Italian and Spanish editions.

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care of Lucio Giacco

After some years from the last publication,

the Shrine of Pompeii

publishes a new “Guide”, completely

revised in its graphic proposal

and contents.

The Authors wanted to offer the

pilgrims, tourists and occasional

visitors, while awaiting a more

complete and documented work

which, however, is already in the

pipeline, an instrument capable,

as of now, to introduce them into

the fascinating and evocative story

of a Temple that gave rise to

the new city of Pompeii, being

its original and initial urban segment.

Pompeii, city-shrine, city of Mary,

monument of faith and charity,

place of human promotion and

social ransom, workshop of peace

and crossroads of cultures,

peoples and nations, owes its

existence to an extraordinary man:

Advocate Bartolo Longo, whom

the Church proclaimed Blessed

on October 26, 1980. A native of

Puglia and Neapolitan of adoption,

the Advocate was a man

of deep pro-phetic insights and

a secular of generous ecclesial


This “Guide” wants to be an instrument

capable to impress the

visitors and make them enjoy,

from the outset of their visit, the

greatness of a work asking to be

seen closely and known in its

complexity. The visit starts from

Bartolo Longo’s Square, the Marian

heart of the city, towards

whose centre converge all access

roads: from Naples and Salerno,

from the Vesuvian towns

and the Sorrento Peninsula. The

majestic and monumental Façade

of the Shrine is ready to welcome

everybody. Indeed, it is the true

entry portal to the city of Bartolo

Longo, revealing the extraordinary

richness of its identity.

The “Guide” is available also in the italian,

french and Spanish versions.

For information:


Piazza Bartolo Longo, 1 - 80045 POMPEI (NA)

Ph. (+39) 081 8577492 - Fax (+39) 081 8503357

edizioni@santuario.it - www.santuario.it

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Publishing Novelties

With this second volume has come to fruition the project that had

been undertaken some years ago, on the publication of a gallery of

biographical and thematic profiles on the experience of the protagonists,

men and women, of the biblical account.

The text re-proposes, in fact, in an organic way, the integral articles

the Author has been publishing in our magazine, Il Rosario e la Nuova

Pompei, since 2005 onwards. Like the previous experience on the

most famous figures of the Old Testament, also this time Msgr. Cipriani

has masterly delineated the most significant personalities of the

New Testament, giving a sober and essential insight into their lives

and highlighting the way in which they let themselves be “caught”

by God, through the sequela Christi. They are celebrities, of great

human calibre, but also men and women of credible and authentic

faith, towards whom all men, even non-believers, have a debt of

gratitude, as the same Author suggests in the preface.

While the Church, open to the gift and the action of the Holy Spirit,

committed itself to rediscover in the works of the XII General Assembly

of the Synod of Bishops (Vatican, October 5/26, 2008), the

role of the Word of God in the lives of the faithful and in the endeavour

to evangelization, it seems to us particularly significant and

inspiring to know more closely and with immediacy of language the

way in which some figures, such as John the Baptist, Peter, Paul,

Matthew, Mary of Nazareth, her husband Joseph and many others

yet, met the Word and fed on it, to the extent of becoming its servants.

The superlative witness to this experience is the Mother of Jesus.

«... the Virgin Mary assumes a central role as one who lived, in

singular fashion, the encounter with the Word of God, who is Jesus

himself. She is then a model of every aspect of hearing and proclaiming.

Already possessing a familiarity with the Word of God in

her intense experience of the Scriptures of the Chosen People, Mary

of Nazareth, from the moment of the Annunciation to her presence

at the foot of the Cross, and even to her participation at Pentecost,

receives the Word in faith, meditates upon it, interiorizes it and intensely

lives it (cf. Lk 1:38; 2:19.51; Acts 17:11). (…) Mary’s way

of hearing the Word of God deserves special consideration. The

Gospel text, “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her

heart” (Lk 2:19), means that she heard and knew the Scriptures,

meditated upon them in her heart in an interior process of maturation,

where the mind is not separated from the heart... Mary is our

model not only for receiving the faith which is the Word, but also

for studying it. It is not enough for her to receive it. She reflects on

it. She not only possesses it, but values it. She not only gives it her

assent, but also develops it. In doing so, Mary becomes an example

of faith for all of us, from the most simple soul to the most scholarly

of the Doctors of the Church, who seek, consider and set forth how

to bear witness to the Gospel. In receiving the Good News, Mary

is the ideal model of the obedience of faith, becoming a living icon

of the Church in service to the Word» (Instrumentum laboris of the

Synod of Bishops, No. 25).

In thanking Msgr. Settimio Cipriani for

his willingness and competence, we

hope that his two volumes can be a

useful tool in the hands of the pastoral

animators and of the faithful. To all

those who are interested to buy both

the books, a discount of 30% will be


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On October 26th, 1980 in the rite of Beatification, presided over by His Holiness

John Paul II, the Church recognized solemnly and publicly the extraordinary

path of testimony and of holiness of Bartolo Longo, who was born

in Latiano (BR) on February 10th, 1841 and died in Pompeii on October

5th, 1926.

Having moved to Naples and later, to the Vesuvian town, Longo was a man

of extraordinary spirituality and of generous social and ecclesial involvement,

realizing, ahead of time, the stupendous lesson of Vatican Council II

on the role and the testimony of the lay faithful in the Church and in the

world. He was a lawyer, a journalist, a writer, a founder of a Marian Shrine

known worldwide, an executor of charitable works and, as a layman, of a

religious female Congregation of Sisters, “The Daughters of the Holy Rosary

of Pompeii”.

He was, above all, a man of prayer and a saintly man.

According to the logic of the Gospel, he built his house on the rock of the

Word of God, which he studied constantly, which he assimilated with a continuous

meditation and which he lived faithfully at the school, for the sake

of the Virgin Mary. Like the Good Samaritan of the Gospel, he was capable

of living heroically the commandment of love for one’s neighbour, showing

himself very sensitive to the cry of grief rising from the world of the juvenile

marginalization, especially from the prisoners’ children and from those left

orphans after the death of their parents, who, at Bartolo Longo’s time were

considered the last and the most needy. He gave them voice, a home, a family,

a religious education, a culture and, above all, a preparation for their

insertion in the labour world. He was, most of all, a builder of peace, aspiring

to it as to the supreme good which is the fruit of Jesus’ teachings.

This book has the aim of being an easy aid in the hands of all those who

desire to be introduced to the knowledge of the Founder of the Shrine of

Pompeii and of its Works of Charity. In few pages we have tried to offer an

essential image of Advocate from Puglia, pointing out the most significant

aspects of his witness of faith, of charity and of holiness.

The volume is available also in other languages:

EDIzIONE ITALIANA: Il beato Bartolo Longo - Un avvocato santo

a servizio dell’uomo e della Chiesa

EDICIÓN ESPAñOLA: El beato Bartolo Longo - Un abogado santo

al servicio del hombre y de la Iglesia

éDITION FRANçAISE: Le Bienheureux Bartolo Longo - Un Saint

Avocat au service de l’homme et de l’Église

The rosary is the confiding

prayer of the believers

who look for their Lord

A booklet of 64 pages containing the celebration scheme

of the 20 mysteries of the Holy Rosary, the illustrations

in colour, the texts and the music of the songs.


Contemplare con Maria il volto di Cristo - Il Rosario di Pompei


Contemplar con María el rostro de Cristo -El Rosario de Pompeya


Contempler avec Marie le visage du Christ - Le Rosaire de Pompéi

For information: Edizioni Santuario di Pompei - Ph. + 39 081 8577492 - Fax +39 081 8503357 - edizioni@santuario.it

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Useful information

Useful information


Social works

To communicate with the Shrine

Offerings for the Shrine

From Italy utilizing:

a) Postal Money Order pre-printed sent by the Shrine, or

a blank form to be filled out personally making the offering

out to the Santuario della Beata Vergine di Pompei,

c.c.p. n. 6817;

b) Non-negotiable check (by insured means) made out

to Santuario della Beata Vergine di Pompei;

c) Money Transfer made out to Santuario della Beata Vergine

di Pompei, to one of the following Banks of Pompeii:


IBAN: IT41S0623040080000056500729

Cariparma - Pompei per la pace e i bambini

IBAN: IT69A0623040080000056620664

Monte Paschi di Siena

IBAN: IT80G0103040080000000000166

Banco di Napoli S.p.A.

IBAN: IT32B0101040080000027000216

Unicredit Banca di Roma

IBAN: IT30P0300240080000400000465

Unicredit Banca di Roma

IBAN: IT63B0300240080000400000124

Unicredit Banca di Roma - Restauro Basilica

IBAN: IT27P0300240080000400459329

Banca della Campania

IBAN: IT62H0539240080000000000288

Banco Posta - Amministrazione

IBAN: IT02E0760103400000000467803

Banco Posta - Offerte

IBAN: IT24R0760103400000000006817

From abroad utilizing:

a) Non-negotiable check made out exactly to Santuario

della Beata Vergine di Pompei;

b) Money Transfer or International Money Order made

out to Santuario della Beata Vergine di Pompei, to one of

the following Banks of Pompeii:


IBAN: IT41S0623040080000056500729


Unicredit Banca di Roma - Restauro Basilica

IBAN: IT27P0300240080000400459329


c) Western Union indicating the name of he person who

makes the offering, the number of transaction, the sum

donated, the date and the name of Dr. Katia Di Ruocco,

Responsible for the Foreign Office of the Shrine, as the

person charged of cashing it.

d) Credit Card, communicating to the Shrine, through email,

fax, letter or telephone, the type, the number, the expiration

date of the card and the amount of the offering.

By airplane: Capodichino-Naples Airport.

By car: A3 Highway Napoli-Salerno,

exit Pompei Ovest (from the North),

and Pompeii Est-Scafati (from the South).

By bus: Sita Line + 39 199730749;

CSTP Line Ph. + 39 089 487286;

Circumvesuviana Line Ph. + 39 081 7722444.

By train: Trenitalia - Pompei Station Ph. + 39 081 8506176;

Circumvesuviana: Napoli-Sorrento Line Pompei-Villa dei Misteri


Napoli-Poggiomarino Line (via Scafati) Pompei-Santuario Station:

Ph. + 39 081 7722444

By boat: Maritime Station of Naples.


Sunday and Holiday Masses: 6:00 - 7:00 - 8:00 - 9:00 (also in other languages)

- 10:00 - 11:00am (solemn) - 1:00 - 4:00 - 5:00 - 7:00 - 8:00pm

Weekday Masses: 7:00 - 8:00 - 9:00 (also in other languages) - 10:00

11:00am - 4:00 - 5:00 - 7:00pm

Angelus, Adoration of the Eucharist and Holy Rosary: 6:00pm

Blessed Bartolo Longo Chapel

Sunday and Holiday Masses: 8:30 - 9:30 - 10:30 - 11:30am - 12:30 -


Weekday Masses: 6:30 - 8:30 - 9:30 - 10:30 - 11:30am - 12:30 -


Holy Family Chapel

Mass in English: Sunday and holidays at 8:00am (on request)

Mass in Spanish: Sunday and holidays at 9:00am (on request)

Saint Giuseppe Moscati Chapel

Mass in Ukrainian: Sunday and holidays at 10:00am


Mass in French: Sunday and holidays at 8:30am (on request)

Mass in Syro-Malabarese Rite: 2nd Sunday of every month at


Confession Hall: Every day from 7:00am to 12:30pm and from 15:30

to 19:00 pm (from 8:00 holiday)

“Growing up together” Multipurpose Daytime Centre

Phone: + 39 081 8577401

“Myriam” Hearing Centre

Phone: +39 081 8577418 - centroascoltopompei@libero.it

Movement for Life and Centre of Aid to Life

Phone and Fax: + 39 081 8577458 - movimentovita.pompei@libero.it

“Emanuel” Home for pregnant women, mothers and children

Phone: + 39 081 8577404 - casaemanuel@libero.it

Group Apartment

Phone: + 39 081 8577402 - g.appartamento@libero.it

“Garden of Smile” Family-Like Community

Phone: +39 081 863 3103 - giardinodelsorriso@virgilio.it

“Bartolo Longo” Multipurpose Daytime Centre

Phone: + 39 081 8577700 - bartololongo@virgilio.it


Information, celebrations of Sacraments and welcoming of pilgrimages

Ph. + 39 081 8507000 - + 39 081 8577379

Fax and Answering service: + 39 1782238781

Fax +39 081 85777482 - rettorato@santuariodipompei.it

Call centre:

Ph. + 39 081 8577111- 8577370 - 8577371

Fax: + 39 081 8503357

Foreign Office:

Devotees correspondence and subscriptions to the Magazine

Ph. + 39 081 8577328


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