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Secret Veil Illustrates Christ's Resurrection
Interview With Author of "The Face of God," Paul Badde
By Genevieve Pollock MANOPPELLO, Italy, MARCH 28, 2011 (Zenit.org).- A veil in Manoppello, kept secret for centuries andonly recently reemerging, illustrates Christ's resurrection in a way that will change the world, says PaulBadde.Badde, author of "The Face of God: The Rediscovery of the True Face of Jesus" (Ignatius Press), explained toZENIT how this veil features "uncountable" images of the Risen Christ.The journalist and historian, and editor for the German newspaper "Die Welt," noted that the veil alsoillustrates much of what Benedict XVI wrote about in his newest book, "Jesus of Nazareth Part II: Holy Week -- From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection" (Ignatius Press).In fact, the Pope visited the shrine at Manoppello as one of the first trips of his pontificate, reflecting hisdecades-long interest in the meditation on the face of God, the author noted.In this interview with ZENIT, Badde explained some of the conclusions of his research on this veil, and whyhe thinks it is bound to change the world.ZENIT: Some have referred to the Veil of Manoppello as belonging to Veronica, and having the image of Jesus' face from before the Crucifixion. Your investigation, however, led you to a different conclusion. Couldyou clarify what this veil is?Badde: This veil has had many names in the last 2000 years -- maintaining only its unique character in thesame time.It is, in fact, "the napkin" or "handkerchief" (in Greek: soudarion), to which St. John the Evangelist isreferring in his report of the discovery of the empty tomb by St. Peter and himself, that they saw "apart" fromthe cloths (including the shroud of Joseph from Arimathea) in which Jesus had been buried.This napkin, St. John says, had originally been laying upon the Face of Jesus.This veil had to be kept completely secret right away -- together with the Shroud of Turin -- in the firstcommunity of the Apostles in Jerusalem due to the ritual impurity in Judaism of everything stemming from agrave. And it remained secret for many centuries.This explains why it had been bearing many different names in the course of history after it appeared in publicsome hundred years later in the Anatolian town of Edessa for the first time.
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