Photographer's Note

Having seen many beautiful, traditional churches in Italy, the Sanctuary of Merciful Love came as more than a surprise. It stands on a rise looming over the medieval village of Collevalenza in the Todi district of Perugia. Designed by Giulio Lafuente, an architect from Madrid, in 1965 it stands in stark contrast to the local landscape and architecture.

The church is the culmination of the vision of Mother Speranza di Gesù Alhama Valera (Santomera, Spain, September 30, 1893 – Collevalenza, Febuary 8, 1983) who settled in Collevalenza in 1951 along with the Handmaids of Merciful Love, the congregation she founded in 1930.

On July 5, 2013, Pope Frances presided over the reading of the Decree for the recognition of the miracle obtained through the intercession of Mother Speranza, who has been considered Blessed by the Church from that moment on. On May 31 2014 Hope Mother of Jesus was Beatified

Please see the WS for an alternate shot of the exterior and a shot of interior.

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