||Lucca celebrates the feast of the "Virgin
of charity and flowers"
Around the Holy image a host of religious stories gathered
which make Lucca unique in Tuscany.
Many saints can be reminded: Paolino, bishop and patron of Lucca
celebrated on the 12th July; the bishop Frediano who according
to tradition changed the course of the river Serchio saving the
town from its dangerous waters; Anselmo, Zita, Giovanni, Leonardi,
Angelo Orsucci, Maria Domenica Barbantini, the Parish of Viareggio,
Elena Guerra, Gemma form a crown of saints that guard on us the
The message of ther Holy Face can be found in the patrons religious
men,educators missioners, laymen and martyrs.
The life of two women: S. Zita and S. Gemma are
Zita was born in Monsagrati and spent her life as the faithful
maid of the family Fatinelli. She was charitable and known to
all for the help she gave to the poor people.
One miracle, in particular made her famous: she transformed into
roses the bread that was sent to the poor.
The remains of St. Zita are in the Basilica of St. Frediano, in
a chapel of the family Fatinelli dedicated to her; in it five
paintings are dedicated to her miracles. Zita died on the 27th
April 1275; in this day every year Lucca celebrates the feast
of the "Virgin of charity and flowers" with a great exhibition
Gemma was born in 1875 at a Camigliano a village close to Lucca.
At eight she was orphan and afflicted by an awful illness to the
backbone from which she miraculously healed. From that moment
started the mystic experience: premonitions, blood sweat during
her prayers and the appearance of stigmata.
She died at age of 25 from consumption. In 1932 she was beatified
and in 1940 proclaimed saint.
A sanctuary was dedicated to her near Porta Elisa in the monastery
of the Passionists where there is a rich collection of modern
art and jewellery.
The saints of Lucca can be compared to the gates of the town as
they let you have the interior vision and comprehension of the
To understand Lucca during the Jubilee, it is also to preceive
the precious symphony that springs with a unique voice of Jesus