Almost sixty years ago, “Padre Pio first met Father Luigi Villa, whom he entreated to devote his entire life to fight Ecclesiastical Freemasonry. Padre Pio told Father Villa that Our Lord had designs upon him and had chosen him to be educated and trained to fight Freemasonry within the Church. The Saint spelled out this task in three meetings with Father Villa, which took place in the last fifteen years of life of Padre Pio. At the close of the second meeting [second half of 1963], Padre Pio embraced Father Villa three times, saying to him: ‘Be brave, now…for the Church has already been invaded by Freemasonry!’ and then stated: ‘Freemasonry has already made it into the loafers (shoes) of the Pope!’ At the time, the reigning Pope was Paul VI.
Pope Paul VI speaking at the UN
“The mission entrusted to Father Luigi Villa by Padre Pio to fight Freemasonry within the Catholic Church was approved by Pope Pius XII who gave a Papal Mandate for his work. Pope Pius XII’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tardini, gave Father Villa three Cardinals to work with and to act as his own personal ‘guardian angels’:
Cardinal Ottaviani, Cardinal Parente and Cardinal Palazzini. Father Villa worked with these three cardinals until their deaths.”
In order to fight this battle, in 1971 Fr. Villa founded his magazine, “Chiesa viva” with correspondents and collaborators in every continent. It was immediately attacked by the upper echelon of the Catholic Church: the magazine was ostracized among the clergy and its collaborators were gradually forced to leave. Then they isolated its Director and his few remaining collaborators. The efforts to silence “Chiesa viva” once and for all also included seven assassination attempts on Fr. Villa!”
Chiesa viva's #413 "Our Lady Condemns Masonry"
- Then, came the isolation – [a betrayal]: one after the other, the collaborators and correspondents left and Father Villa remained alone.”
- Then came the silence and the password: “Ignore him!” and “Make him ignored”!
- Then came the assassination attempts on his life:
- In Paris, he received a blow square in his face with an iron fist which displaced his jaw and shattered all his teeth, and since then Father Villa hasn’t a single tooth in his mouth.
- On a mission to Haiti, instead, he found himself completely naked waiting to be shot. He saved himself just at the last minute.
- “Slanders” followed, and the most frequent were “Fascist” and “anti-Semite.”
For the “Fascist” slander it should be noted that Father Villa was condemned to death by the Fascist Justice Minister, Farinacci, and he escaped the execution jumping from the window of the Combonian House in Crema (an Italian town close to Brescia) when the director informed him that the firing-squad jeep was nearing the house.
A gravely serious Padre Pio
For the “anti-Semite” slander, instead, it must be noted as well, that with three journeys in the mountains along the border between Italy and Switzerland, Father Villa saved the lives of 57 Jews, risking his own life. In fact, every time he returned, he had to face an airplane that was patrolling the borders, and machine-gunned him until he threw himself on the ground pretending to be shot.
“But through all of these attempts at silencing him, Father Villa has never given up his commitment to Padre Pio. Therefore, his life has been studded by seven assassination attempts, which, fortunately, didn’t have the desired results.” And at 93 years old, Father Luigi Villa continues his battle with the Church's enemies - as Padre Pio directed: "Fight to the end..." Just as Padre Pio did- to the last...
Even Padre Pio's Last Mass was a battle for him!
Padre Pio's wake
In addition to the monthly magazine, Father Villa has written scores of books pertaining to this subject. In fact, it is well to note that Father Villa has been given numerous awards for his superb journalism. One of his latest was the “Journalistic International Prize INARS” awarded to him for the thousands of articles he has published, for the books he has written and for his commitment, as Director of “Chiesa viva”, always writing in defense of Europe’s Christian roots and in preservation of the historical truth’s against the forces alien to our civilization.”
Our Lady of Purity - Madonna which hung over Padre Pio's bed
Our Lady of Purity pray for us!!! Feast day = October 16th
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"Chi Don Luigi Villa?"
French "Qui est l'abbe Luigi Villa?"