Palermo pins hopes on patron saint to rid Italy of coronavirus

Residents of Sicilian capital pray for another miracle from Saint Rosalia, who they say rescued the city from a deadly plague in 1625

Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo
@lorenzo_tondo
Fri 13 Mar 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/13/palermo-pins-hopes-patron-saint-rosalia-rid-italy-coronavirus#img-1

Gaetano Ceravolo, 58, a parish priest at the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, who, according to the legend, saved Palermo from the plague in 1625. Photograph: Lorenzo Tondo/The Guardian

Legend has it that in 1625, as a plague swept Palermo and killed dozens of people each day, Saint Rosalia appeared before a man.

Rosalia, a young Sicilian hermit who died 500 years earlier, told him that if the people of Palermo walked in procession while carrying her relics, to be found in a grotto on Monte Pellegrino, then the “evil fever” would disappear.

After months of debate over the authenticity of that apparition, Saint Rosalia’s remains – among them a piece of her jaw and three fingers – were paraded through the city at an event attended by thousands of devotees. When the plague began to ebb, she was proclaimed the holy protector of the city.

Residents of Sicilian capital pray for another miracle from Saint Rosalia, who they say rescued the city from a deadly plague in 1625

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2 replies

  1. who knows who knows…When Pope Urban VIII ruled in 1625 in Italy he decreed that Jews be buried in unmarked graves and also ordered that existing Jewish tombstones be removed from the graves of Jews.
    If I were in Palermo I would pray to the Jew… Jesus …pbuh instead of Saint Rosalia! :):):)
    God bless them all.
    Top scientist told me that in Iran the Ayatollah has said it would be OK to purchase Corona vaccine from the Jewish state Israel if and when it it is developed in Israel! Ha ha!! 🙂

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