The Peace of God to all that belong to the Light,
On 1508 it was mysteriously brought to the town of Manoppello, on the Abrizzi region, made from a mollusk excretion a look like traditional Hebrew
veil used to cover the face of a dead person for burial, with the exact same size of the face on the Shroud, become the most enigmatic, fascinating &
controversial Christ relic ever.
The Manoppello Veil a purpoted relic of Christ
According to local tradition, an anonymous pilgrim arrived in Manopello in 1508 with the cloth wrapped in a package. The pilgrim gave the package to
Dr. Giacomo Antonio Leonelli, who was sitting on a bench in front of the church. The doctor went into the church and unwrapped the package,
discovering the veil.
He immediately left the church to find the pilgrim but could not trace him. The veil was owned by the Leonelli family for a century.
In 1608, Pancrazio Petrucci, a soldier married to Marzia, a member of the Leonelli family, stole the veil from his father-in-law’s house. A few
years later, Marzia sold it for 400 scudi to Doctor Donato Antonio De Fabritiis to pay a ransom demand for her husband who was a prisoner in Chieti.
The veil was given by De Fabritiis to the Capuchins who currently holds it today.
This history has been documented by Father Donato da Bomba in his Relatione historica and is based on research that had been started in 1640.
The Manoppello veil became news in December 1st of 2006 when H.H. Pope Benedict XVI decided to visit the Volto Santo sanctuary of the Capuchines on
the town of Manoppello where it is in permanent exhibition and pray in front of it. In 1970s also the famous Father Pio also prayed toward this relic
he believed was authentic.
In ancient times there were two objects that had actually the image of Christ face and it was believed to be of miraculous origin, the Camulia of
Cappadocia and the Mandylion of Edessa. Both were Byzantine relics highly appreciated and venerated along centuries and were in Constantinople until
the very assault of the Crusades and Turks over the city, when they mysteriously vanished.
The Orthodox Church believe that both relics may been destroyed on the siege of Constantinople, but they are not completely sure on that and also it
is said that at least the Mandylion was lost in a ship sinking on the middle of the Marmara sea when it was trying to escape from the Muslim siege
The Mandylion is supposedly a relic carried by one of the Apostles of Christ, St Jude, or by one of his subsequent disciples, St. Thaddeus, being
brought to the king Abgar of Edessa , the leper, that supposedly was cured miraculously by simply touching it.
King Abgar V of Edessa, the Black of the Leper
The Holy Mandylion of Edessa, an Image of Christ Not made by Human Hands
The Camulia or Kamuliana of Cappadocia was an achairopoeitia, Imagen not made by human hands, of Christ that supposedly appeared floating on a river
in central Turkey to a woman that survived doing laundry on that region. This relic became extremely famous on middle ages and was moved to
Constantinople where it became the central part of the banner of the Imperial Byzantine armies, always carried on battles to assure the victory.
Camuliana is mentioned in the early 6th century by Zacharias Rhetor, his account surviving in a fragmentary Syriac version, and is probably the
earliest image to be said to be a miraculous imprint on cloth in the style of the Veil of Veronica (a much later legend) or Shroud of Turin. In the
version recorded in Zacharias's chronicle, a pagan lady called Hypatia was undergoing Christian instruction, and asking her instructor "How can I
worship him, when He is not visible, and I cannot see Him?". She later found in her garden a painted image of Christ floating on water. When placed
inside her head-dress for safekeeping it then created a second image onto the cloth, and then a third was painted. Hypatia duly converted and founded
a church for the version of the image that remained in Camuliana. In the reign of Justinian I (527-565) the image is said to have been processed
around cities in the region to protect them from barbarian attacks. This account differs from others but would be the earliest if it has not suffered
from iconodule additions, as may be the case.
The Camuliana Miracolous Image of Christ
In 1999, German Jesuit Heinnrich Pfeiffer, Professor of Art History at the Pontifical Gregorian University, announced at a press conference in Rome
his discovery of the veil in the church of the Capuchin monastery, where it had been since 1660.
Pfeiffer had been promoting the image many years before, claiming is the Veronica, defying Holy see statements of centuries about it is kept in St
The Veronica Veil is a legendary piece of cloth that is called in that way because it claims to have stamped through body fluids a kind of silhouette
of the face of Christ, so it was named Vera Icona, that translates True Image of Christ.
A controversial claim, first because the story of the Veronica from the oral traditions of the Roman and Orthodox Churches, but is also referred in at
least one Apocrypha gospel, establishes that it was a piece of cloth used to dry the face of Jesus from his body fluids when he was in the way to
calvary, on the via dolorosa, carrying his cross.
This use of the cloth suggest it must be able to absorb the body transpiration, so must have a consistency of a small towel, Not a veil that can not
be used to dry anything. Second, the so called cloth of Veronica, that as we have mentioned can not be really a veil but a towel, never entered in
the tomb of Christ, it was kept by the woman that used it in that gesture of piety for many years.
If it was not in the tomb on the face of Jesus there is not clear reason it can have a miraculously stamped face of Jesus but more transpiration and
wound marks of his face on it.
Pfeiffer suggests that it was stolen from the Vatican during rebuilding that took place in 1506, before the Sacking of Rome. He further suggests the
cloth was placed over Jesus' face in the tomb and that the image was a by-product of the forces unleashed during Jesus' resurrection –forces also
formed the image on the Shroud of Turin.
Some bits of glass embedded in the cloth suggest a connection with the former glass container of the Veronica in St. Peter's, reputed to have been
smashed open when the cloth was stolen. Officially the Veronica Veil was returned to Rome by petition of the Pope to the German Emperor few months
after the sack of Rome and still remains on St Peters Cathedral.
Pfeiffer's claims a purported impossibility of painting on byssus cloth, however, it is more precise to say that it is one of the most difficult
materials to be imprinted or dyed at all, only great masters have been able to paint on it.
The gospel of John mentions that there were at least 2 burial cloths on the empty tomb of Christ, one used on his face, a Jewish burial veil, so
even Not being the Veronica may be a Christ relic after all.
Thanks for your attention,
The Angel of Lightness
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