Pilgrimage of S. Corrado Confalonieri, Franciscan penitent
On Saturday, February 13, 2016, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the beatification of Corrado of Piacenza, hermit of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi, the faithful of the city and diocese of Noto (near Siracusa in Sicily), made a pilgrimage to Rome. They visited the Basilica of Ss. Cosmas and Damian because two ancient icons of Corrado are enshired in the sanctuary frescoes.
In the afternoon, the pilgrims traveled to the Church of St. Mary Odigitria of the Sicilians on Via del Tritone to bless a new canvas depicting Corrado the hermit.
This large contingent of devotees was led by the bishop of Noto, S. Exc. Mgr. Antonio Stagliano and the Mayor of the city, Dr. Corrado Bonfanti. Present also were Dr. Salvatore Maiore, the central organizer; Don Ignazio Petriglieri, episcopal vicar for culture; the two presidents of the Society of S. Corrado and Cilii.
The pilgrims were welcomed at the Basilica of Sts. Cosmas and Damian by the Most Rev. General Minister of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, P. Nicholas Polichnowski. He led the opening with the communal recitation of our Holy Father’s prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Then p. Lino Temperini presented the historical and artistic illustrations of the architectural complex of the Saints Cosmas and Damian, built in the "Bibliotheca Pacis" in A.D. 73-74
Bishop Mons. Staglianò and Mayor Dr. Bonfanti also addressed words of encoragement and faith to those present and thanked the Friars of the Third Order Regular serving for over five centuries the distinguished Basilica which has been well preserved.
Finally, an exchange of gifts related to the Basilica of Ss. Cosmas and Damian and the city of Noto. Father Nicholas, General Minister, offered two printed works about the Order and the Basilica. Bishop Mons. Staglianò donated a large book, which he prepared on the 'Cathedral of Noto ", restored after the earthquake in 1996. A splendid volume filled with beautiful photographs, clear and descriptive text and attractive layout.
The official anthem of St. Corrado, accompanied by the organ, concluded the visit of pilgrims to the Basilica, creating memories rich in history and spiritual messages.