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, completing there the program of studies and attaining the Diploma. Later he took a degree in Agricultural Sciences, with first class honours at the Agricultural Faculty of Perugia University.
Having become a teacher at the institute of Surveying of Biblical Center of Perugia, and also evangelical Pastor.
After the encounter with Marcello Ciai, like him he left everything - profession, house and any possession - and returned to the Catholic Church. Actually he is counsellor of the IACA, where as a voluntary he has the task of tresurer and responsible of the agricultural sector.
A preacher in the Church commenting the Gospel said that John the Baptist didn’t need many words to bring people to the Kingdom of God, but having left all things of the world and dressing with a tunic made from coarse camel hair and going barefoot, already testified by himself how to convert in order to enter the Kingdom of God. This was also the testimony of St. Francis eight hundred years ago. Today there is Massimo Coppo in Assisi, in whose authenticity some do not believe, but we know, and we say that he has given up everything, no one pays him and he stays out day and night dressed in a rough sack and barefoot, in the heat and the cold even below zero, since more than five years, when he had this vocation from the Lord Jesus. And many people seeing, reflecting and listening to him turn to God.
(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.
Massimo Coppo in mission at New York