Monday, January 2, 2012
San Francesco Di Paola Statue Missing
San (Saint) Francesco di Paola, is well known to the Calabrese people. San Francesco is the patron saint of the Calabrese people. Saint Francesco is also the patron saint of boatmen, naval officers, mariners, sailors, against plagues, epidemics, against fire, travelers and sterility. He was born Francesco Martolilla on 27 March 1416 in Paola, Cosenza, Calabria to Giacomo Martolilla and Vienna d'Alessio (who was born in Fuscaldo, Cosenza) and died April 2, 1507 in Plessis, France. His parents were devout Catholics. Paola is located in Cosenza Province between mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The other side of the Mountains in Paola is San Vincenzo La Costa and my grandfather's birthplace Montalto Uffugo. My grandfather was devoted to this saint and one of the few family stories regarding his life in the area involves a miracle attributed to this saint. He is very popular in Calabria, particularly to the Cosentina (people in Cosenza). Most towns have a church named after him in his home province.