who search for signs will find them..." (Maitreya, Message No.
10, 8 November 1977)
On a hill in a forest near Giubiasco, in the southern part of Switzerland,
stands the chapel 'Madonna of the Angels'. On the 13th of every month
pilgrims from Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein and France come
there to attend prayer healing meetings with Pino Casagrande, to whom,
during the meeting, the Virgin Mary appears. The rosary is sung for some
hours, healings take place, photographs taken show signs of the regular
appearance of the Holy Mother.
Pino Casagrande was born on 22 July 1924 in Italy. He is married and has
two adult children, runs a small business, and is known as an artist painter.
He lives in Vercelli, North Italy. He never thought that such experiences
would be his one day.
Together with his wife he joined a prayer group called "Renewal in
the Spirit". In 1982, he realised that something inexplicable was
happening in this group. He heard languages which nobody understood.
He heard music from far away which he had never heard before, and he was
amazed. He recorded this music on audio
tapes, and later, when he tried to delete it, it would not erase. (Padre
Grassi from Rome announced this hearing as a gift of God).
This was the beginning.
In September 1982, Sister Pierina of Colma di Valduggia, Italy, invited
Pino Casagrande to her home to take some pictures of a deaf and dumb lady
who was working there. When developed, the photograph showed a Madonna.
On 13 August, he took a photograph of an altar and for the first time
the face of Jesus appeared on
The account of Don Vittorio, vicar of Colma di Valduggia, as he witnessed
it: "On the night of 15 August 1983, about 50 people took part in
the second meeting of the Friends of Gethsemani in Colma di Valduggia,
Vercelli province. Every day, between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm a solemn hour
of adoration was held at the parish church. Every evening, some people
from the neighbouring village of Borgosesia who had joined the Friends
of Gethsemani one year before, came to pray with us.
Among them was the painter Pino Casagrande. On Saturday 13 August, he
felt the urge to come in the morning instead of the evening. He took his
polaroid camera with him. He arrived at 11 am and joined us for the adoration
hour. At a certain moment it was about 12 noon he felt an
urge to photograph the altar.
The Monstrance had been placed between flowers and candles. When he looked
at the picture (it was still moist) he turned pale and showed it to Paul
and to others who stood near him. Instead of the Monstrance, as would
have been logical, there appeared the holy face of Jesus with a gentle
expression of sadness.
During the adoration I was sitting in front so that only at the end could
I see the photograph. I noticed streams of light emanating from the face
of Jesus, and that he looked like someone who knows about Eternity. For
us, the Friends of Gethsemani, the question was, what was the significance
of the sign that Jesus was giving us.
That in the holy Eucharist He is alive and present in a real, true way?
That we add to the expiation night-watch on Thursdays a Lenten penance?
We decided to do it on every first Friday of the month, and those more
generous with their time would do it every Friday night."
About two months later, on 12 and 18 October, the same face of Jesus appeared
again on Pino Casagrandes photographs. In spring 1985 there appeared
on a photograph the profile of Padre Pio, to the right of the face of
Jesus. From then on, the photographs showed alternately the faces of the
Madonna, Jesus or a dove, or a
eucharistic host with the face of Jesus.
After a prayer meeting in a private home in Lugano on the night of 8-9
August 1985, Pino Casagrande witnessed for the first time the Madonna
who appeared before him for about 8-10 minutes. After the appearance,
Pino Casagrande said to his friends:
"I saw the Madonna, all in white, she smiled and spoke to me. She
hovered in the air."
Through the seer Anna Polli from Ascona, Switzerland, who died in December
1985, he received in 1983 messages to go to a certain small chapel on
the 13th of the month. The seer had seen the place in a vision but neither
she nor Casagrande knew where it was. One day, when he was in the surroundings
of Bellinzona, he
discovered in a prospectus that the chapel must be Madonna degli
On 13 July 1987, when he was at this chapel with a group of friends, he
received the first vision and message from the Holy Mother. Since then,
every 13th of the month, the prayer healing meetings have continued. For
a few months pilgrims have visited this place every day. Now a prayer
chapel has been set up in the forest near the "Madonna of the Angels"chapel,
which is open to the public only on special occasions.
In a Swiss catholic weekly newspaper of 6 July 1990 the journalist Stefan
Treier writes about this place: Through a message from the Madonna to
Pino Casagrande this place is expected to become a prayer centre and in
the future there will be a water source with healing properties. Pino
Casagrande continues to have visions of the Virgin Mary during prayer
meetings, not only in Switzerland but also in Northern Italy.
(Benjamin Cremes Master confirms the authenticity of these visions