Apparitions in Trevignano Romano, Italy
The alleged Marian apparitions in Trevignano Romano in Italy to Gisella Cardia are relatively new. They began in 2016 following her visit to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and purchase of a statuette of Our Lady, which subsequently began to weep blood. The apparitions have already been the subject of an Italian national TV broadcast during which the seer behaved with remarkable calm in the face of some heated criticism from panelists in the studio toward her and two books. A Nihil obstat was recently granted by an Archbishop for the Polish translation of the second of these, In Cammino con Maria ("On the way with Mary") published by Edizioni Segno, containing the story of the apparitions and the associated messages up until 2018. While such a foreign Nihil obstat does not, on its own, constitute in situ diocesan approval of the apparitions, it is certainly not insignificant. And the local Bishop of Civita Castellana appears to have been quietly supportive of Gisella Cardia, having given access early on to a chapel for the overwhelming influx visitors who began to gather in the Cardia's house to pray, once news of the apparitions began to spread.
On March 7, 2023, a commission was established to investigate the phenomenology of the events occurring in Trevignano Romano, such as lacrimations of the images of Jesus and Mary, the miracle of the sun on several occasions witnessed by priests and laity, Gisella’s experience of the Passion with visible stigmata on Good Friday, and her purported messages from heaven.
Secular television in Italy, RAI, in March of 2023, has been harassing and slandering Gisella in their programming. Influenced by Italian media mogul, Allessandro Cecchi Paone, a self-declared Freemason and homosexual, reported in March of 2023 that Gisella Cardia (under her maiden name Maria Giuseppa Scarpulla), was given a conviction by a Sicilian court along with three other individuals for the “fraudulent bankruptcy” of a firm of which she was one of the administrators at time in 2013, three years before the apparitions began.
The truth of the matter was subsequently publicized on Italian television and in written publications supportive of her. In essence, RAI television station wanted to focus on an episode dating back 10 years ago, in which a friend of Gisella's in Rome - a financial adviser by profession - proposed that she assume the role of the administrator of a small company producing artistic ceramics on behalf of another company by ceding the aforementioned branch of the business regarding small local objects (Gisella is originally from the area). Later, the licensor company went bankrupt, dragging down with it the small gifts company that was in the black [in attivo]. Gisella relied on delegating the liquidation of the company to third party proponents, trusting them. This naiveté resulted in Gisella receiving the lightest of the sentences imposed in the first instance and which will be appealed against. Gisella did not derive the slightest financial gain from this affair--of which she was accused, quite the contrary.
In defense of the apparitions, many testimonies have appeared supporting Gisella Cardia’s authenticity, either on the official website https://lareginadelrosario.org/ or elsewhere on the internet. These testimonies have notably been given by individuals who -
- have witnessed the lacrimations of tears and blood on the images of Jesus and Our Lady in Gisella's home. (It has been confirmed both by the press and by a reporter from RAI TV that the red liquid found on the statue was indeed human blood, and that it had been subject to DNA testing and comparison with the DNA of the seer. Gisella Cardia’s (or her husband Gianni’s) own blood was not noted.)
- have been present at Gisella’s Good Friday ecstasies, in which it is claimed that she experiences the Passion of Our Lord
- have received healings in connection with Trevignano Romano
- who have attested to Gisella's intuitive knowledge of the spiritual life of persons otherwise unknown to her.
All these alleged phenomena have ample precedent within Catholic mystical tradition and would seem to conform to its "grammar." In addition to written testimony, we also have video and photographic evidence both regarding the religious images and solar phenomena (similar to those observed at many other such locations around the world, most famously in Fatima on October 13, 1917). There is additional video evidence of solar phenomena in the presence of multiple witnesses during prayer at the apparition site, similar to the phenomena of the “Dancing Sun” in Fatima in 1917 or attested by Pope Pius XII in the Vatican Gardens immediately preceding the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption in 1950. These phenomena, when the sun appears to rotate, flash or be transformed into a Eucharistic Host, clearly cannot be faked by human means, and being recorded (albeit imperfectly) on camera, are also evidently not merely the fruit of collective hallucination. Click here to see a video of the miracle of the sun (Trevignano Romano - 17 Settembre 2019 - Miracolo del sole/“Trevignano Romano – September 17, 2019 - Miracle of the sun.”) Click here to see Gisella, her husband, Gianni, and a priest, witnessing the miracle of the sun in a public gathering of one of Gisella’s apparitions of the Virgin Mary. (Trevignano Romano miracolo del sole 3 gennaio 2020/“Trevignano Romano’s miracle of the sun, January 3, 2020”) Familiarity with the history of Marian apparitions suggests that these miracles point to confirmations of the authenticity of heavenly communications.
https://youtu.be/OInzpsUGah8 (17 Sept 2019)
https://youtu.be/UY5LZU1jFW0 (3 June 2020)
https://youtu.be/UY5LZU1jFW0 (3 August 2020)
https://youtu.be/njYwsJ78jHY (3 October 2020)
https://youtu.be/Vl8KjVieRRk (3 November 2020)
https://youtu.be/FBPPgtC_hCs (10 July 2021)
Also to be considered are Gisella’s well-known prediction in August 2019: a request to pray for China as the source of new airborne diseases. . . This was seen by many as anticipating the coronavirus pandemic. The content of Gisella's messages also converges very closely with the "prophetic consensus" represented by other contemporary sources, without any indication of her awareness of their existence (Luz de Maria de Bonilla, Pedro Regis, Fr. Adam Skwarczynski, the diaries of Bruno Cornacchiola, and Eduardo Ferreira in Brazil, for whom we also have evidence of stigmatization.
Photographic evidence of some of the visible phenomena associated with Gisella's messages can be found in In Cammino con Maria, which cannot be the fruit of subjective imagination, notably the presence of the stigmata on Giselle’s body and and the appearance of crosses or religious texts in blood on Gisella's arms. See the pictures taken from her apparition website https://www.lareginadelrosario.com/, which say Siate testimoni ("be witnesses"), Abbiate fede ("have faith"), Maria santissima ("Mary most holy"), Popolo mio ("My people), and Amore ("Love"). This phenomena is not new among mystics of the Church. Marie-Julie Jahenny, the great Breton mystic and stigmatist of France, was known for hemographic writing to appear on her body, as well.
Of course, these could conceivably be fraud or even demonic interference, as could the weeping of the statue of the Virgin and images of Jesus in Gisella's and her husband, Gianni's, home. The idea that fallen angels could be at the origin of the messages nonetheless seems extremely unlikely, given their theological content and exhortations to holiness. Give our knowledge through the testimony of exorcists as to how the fallen angels detest and fear Mary to the point of refusing to name her, the chances that one would spontaneously induce the production of the words "Mary most holy" ("Maria santissima") in blood on the seer's body would appear to be next to nil.
Even still, Gisella’s stigmata, her "hemographic" blood images, or bleeding statues should not, on their own, be taken as indicative of the visionary's sanctity such as to give her carte blanche with regard to all future activity.
Countdown to the Kingdom will of course respect and obey the results of the ecclesiastical inquiry now underway.