I «frati della buona vita». I monaci cistercensi riformati di San Bernardo e il santuario di Mondovì a Vico: una difficile convivenza

Autore: Giancarlo Comino
In: Chiese d’Italia. 8
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In a village near Mondovì (Cuneo) in 1595, there was a surge in devotion to the Madonna following the miraculous vision of a local hunter in front of a shrine (pilone). Immediately work began on the construction of a magnificent church and annexed monastery, and the Duke of Savoy, Charles Emanuel I, called the Cistercian reformed monks of Saint Bernard (Foglianti), who arrived from Rome. The latter also replaced the Jesuits in becoming the confessors of pilgrims who went to pray and offer their devotion. However, their permanence at Vico was marked by conflicts and misunderstandings with the sanctuary civil administration, especially during the XVIII century, until the order was suppressed by the French government in 1802. Filippo Malabaila was one of the monks who wrote the story of the devotion to the Madonna di Vico in the 17th century, but the most famous was abbot Giovanni Bona (1609-1674).