Massimo Coppo, son of the writer and teacher of Arts and Philosophy Alberto Coppo, was born at Foligno (Perugia) the 10th of May, 1948. He received a diploma in classical studies (liceo classico), and won a scholarship of the American Field Service, so attending the Columbus High School in the State of Indiana. Later he took a degree in agricultural sciences, with first class honours, then becoming a teacher. He left everything after the meeting with Marcello Ciai, and held as a volunteer in the Association IACA the task of treasurer and responsible for the agricultural sector. Since 2010, after a particular call he is staying night and day in Assisi, in a penitential mission of prayer and Christian witness.
(Here some pieces of a beautiful article published in the "Corriere dell’Umbria" on Massimo Coppo of Assisi)
St. Francis is alive!
By Carlo Antonio Ponti
Today’s Francis, which you can meet in the evening under the portico of the Basilica of Assisi, elevated to accommodate the pilgrims and penitents, calves and feet purple from the cold because barefoot
- Francis he says, went barefoot, only after receiving the Sacred Stigmata, Santa Chiara forced him to put on sandals - and dressed in a jute sack with a hood...
While talking he asks me who I am, I say I'm a reporter, then the lay brother covered with rags and a woolly beard and lived legs, confides to me that his father too was a journalist and a writer. I ask about the name: "Alberto Coppo".
I exclaim that I knew him well, but look what a case! No, it's Providence, he whispers, the light in the blue eyes that defy the frost and the dark.
Alberto Coppo! His "Fuori Verde" in 1957 won the Prix Européen of Geneva for unpublished novels.
The little poor of January 2013, his son, his name is Massimo, is about sixty years old, he has a degree of master frequented in the United States, he has a degree in agricultural sciences with first class honours in Perugia.
Now Massimo (Coppo) goes barefoot in the streets of Umbria - I am sure happier than Depardieu and Putin -, with a sack and a cane in perfect joy in the footsteps of who married Lady Poverty.
The Mission of Massimo Coppo
Mission “Assisi Assisi!”
The determinating prophecies received by a man of the land of Assisi, Marcello Ezekiel Ciai, render Assisi a “New Jerusalem”, a holy site where an always growing number of people will find comfort, peace and salvation.
The Divine mission “Assisi Assisi!” enterprised after a special calling by Massimo Coppo, in a sackcloth and barefoot like Saint Francis in the ancient Assisi, is intended to light a fire of prayer to God, of conversion, healing and praise, which from Assisi may extend throughout the whole Church and the world.
In this time of crisis many people in need look for solutions… In a blog in spanish so they wrote about Massimo, "PROFESSIONAL WHO HAS CHOSEN POVERTY": he is italian, and in his youth he lived in the United States, thus he also speaks english fluently. He is a graduate in agricultural sciences and he is an ex-teacher. All this is part of a life that Coppo, since 32 years, has decided to leave behind for poverty. "We want to help people to understand that the freedom of being poor can lead to happiness," he said.