Between La Salette and Lourdes

Teresa Dus of Porzûs and Our Lady
Fscire Research and Papers 2
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 2022
pp: 184 with 16 figures
Paper € 40.00
ISBN: 9783847114185

In September 1855, Teresa Dus, a Slovenian-speaking ten-year-old girl, saw the Virgin Mary in Porzûs. The apparitions began a devotion among the Slovenian population on the border between the Italian and Slovenian ethnicities and cultures. The ecclesiastical authorities of Udine took the child, locked her in a religious house and extinguished the devotion. The context was marked by a cholera epidemic and by the “national” and pan-Slavist problem, exacerbated by the Crimean war (1853–1856). Devotion to the Virgin had had an international flowering “from below” (La Salette, 1846), followed by the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception (1854). The dogma was then “sanctioned” by the apparitions of Lourdes (1858). The Porzûs affair is investigated in this international context.

Andrea Tilatti is professor of Medieval History at the University of Udine, Italy. He studied in particular the saints, holiness, sanctuaries and religious life between the Middle Ages and the modern age.