Memories and fama sanctitatis in the hagiographies and the canonization process of Gerard Majella - Marco Papasidero - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Storia della Chiesa Vita e Pensiero

Memories and fama sanctitatis in the hagiographies and the canonization process of Gerard Majella

digital Memories and fama sanctitatis in the hagiographies and
the canonization process of Gerard Majella
Articolo
Rivista RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA CHIESA IN ITALIA
Fascicolo RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA CHIESA IN ITALIA - 2019 - 2
Titolo Memories and fama sanctitatis in the hagiographies and the canonization process of Gerard Majella
Autore
Editore Vita e Pensiero
Formato Articolo | Pdf
Online da 10-2020
Doi 10.26350/001783_000073
Issn 0035-6557 (stampa) | 1827-790X (digitale)
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Our article focuses on the fame of sanctity of St. Gerard Majella (1726-1755), a lay brother of the Congregation of the most Holy Redeemer who lived in the South of Italy, and the elaboration of his memory. Through a historical and anthropological approach, we take into consideration different kinds of sources: the bio-hagiographical texts; the hagiographies; furthermore, and above all, the witnesses’ depositions in the canonization process. Firstly, we present the Saint and his canonization process. Then, we examine the question of the witnesses and their written or oral “sources”, from which emerges the highly “mediated” nature of the whol process, considering that they had not known Gerard on a personal basis. Our second part is aimed at studying the “elaboration of memory” through the analysis of an episode of the Saint’s youth, mentioned in the hagiographies and in the canonization process as well.

keywords

Gerard Majella – Hagiography – Canonization – Sanctity – Memory

Biografia dell'autore

Università di Torino (marco.papasidero@unito.it).

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