Pinerolo is a town located close to the northern border of Italy and about 20 miles southwest of Turin. Due to its central location between Italy and France, the town developed in the late 9th century as a prosperous trading center. It also switched hands between France and Italy several times (which probably accounts for two different spellings of the name) before finally becoming part of Italy.
The Dogma of the Assumption:
The early Church held to the belief tat the Blessed Virgin Mary, upon the end of her earthly life, was assumed, body and soul in to Heaven. On November 1, 1950 Pope Pius XII pronounced the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that the Virgin Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.
History of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pinerolo:
Almost 900 years earlier than this dogma was pronounced, in 1098, Adelaide, Countess of Savoy (a pious woman and defender of the Church), built this shrine here in honor of Our Lady’s Assumption. It soon became a place of pilgrimage and many prayers were answered.
The Feast of Our Lady of Pinerolo, or Pignerole, is celebrated on November 15.
Traveling to the Shrine of Our Lady of Pinerolo (Pignerol):
Pinerolo is easily reached by train from Turin (Torino), a journey of a little over one hour. There are frequent trains daily. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here
The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace is just behind the Basilica.
Address: Via Longo Jacobino, 5, 10064 Pinerolo TO, Italy
Phone: +39 0121 323016
Click here for the official website of the Pinorolo Cathedral.