22 July 2011

Blessed Bartolo Longo: A life of delicious and blessed irony

In his Apostolic Letter on the rosary, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Blessed Pope John Paul II highlighted the example of Blessed Bartolo Longo, a satanic priest who became a devout Catholic and promoter of the rosary.

When he visited the Pontifical Shrine of Pompeii, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI also spoke of the life of Blessed Bartolo whom he called the Founder of the New Pompeii.

Writing for the Catholic Herald, Angelo Stagnaro visited the Shrine at Pompeii and has written a piece about Blessed Bartolo and his experience in the ancient and renewed city titled, "The Satanist on the path to sainthood."

Blessed Bartolo Longo, pray for us!

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