The Origins Of The Eremo Del Deserto, Secluded In The Woods Of Varazze, Province Of Savona, Date Back To 1616. Dedicated To St. Joseph, The Structure Is Built Around The Cloister With A Chapel On The East Side, Whose Crypt Houses The Remains Of Cardinal Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero OCD.
The Hermitage Is Currently Under The Care Of The Order Of Discalced Carmelites Who Returned To The Site In 1921.
The Hermitage Chapel Houses A Miraculous Crucifix. Legend Says That Back In 1641, A Portuguese Knight Was Kidnapped By Pirates In Goa, India, And Taken To Algiers, Algeria, To Be Sold As A Slave. The Artistic Ivory Crucifix Found In The Knight's Possession, Was Exposed In The Streets Of Algiers, Undergoing A Second Martyrdom Through Insults, Curses, Ridicule, And Being Struck With Spears And Daggers, Which Signs Are Still Visible Today.
Authentic Documents Of The Period, State That In The Presence Of Hundreds Of People, Drops Of Blood Flowed From The Face, Hands, The Side Wound And Scratches Produced By Daggers From The Crucifix. All These Events Were Witnessed By A Certain Carmelite Discalced Missionary From Liguria, Padre Michelangelo Marquis, Likewise A Slave In Algiers, Known For His Religious And Heroic Virtues. Undergoing Hard Work, He Managed To Raise The Money Needed To Buy The Miraculous Crucifix.
When Padre Michelangelo Was Released In 1643, He Took The Crucifix With Him To Italy, Offering It As A Gift To The Superior General Of The Discalced Carmelites. The Genoese Padre Paolo Simone Rivarola Took It To The Eremo In 1646, Where It Remains To This Day.
- Added: 20 Oct 2008
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