Oropa, Biella, Italy
The Sanctuary of Oropa, in the province of Biella (Piedmont, Italy) is the result of an ancient history of miracles and devotion by pilgrims who, in the 9th century, used to visit the ancient Eusebian Sacellum, a Marian Shrine. The Sacellum holds the statue of the Black Madonna, the work of a 13th century woodcarver native of Valle d’Aosta, the cornerstone of the place’s further development into a true Sanctuary in the 17th century. It is then, in fact, that the Ancient Basilica was erected, in the aftermath of the plague of 1599, in order to fulfil a vow made by the Municipality of Biella during the pandemic. The ancient votive tablets that are displayed inside the adjacent museum are a symbol of the many miracles and grace happen through the intercession of the Virgin to those who sought her help in moments of sickness and difficulty in life.
Practical information on the streaming
The Shrine offers an online livestream service under the following link.
The schedule of broadcasted celebrations can be found on the following page.