Maria Giuseppina Norcia

The Universal Christian Church of the New Jerusalem is rooted in Maria Giuseppa Norcia, the woman chosen by God for the fulfilment of His Plan of salvation for all humanity. She was born on January 21, 1940 in a small village situated in the Comino Valley, in central Italy. She was conceived before Time, and God knows Her since ever, because She was already present in the Father’s Thought (see Rm 8, 28-30).

On June 13, 1947, in the Land of Love, Baby Jesus descending from Heaven, manifests Himself to the young Maiden, giving thus life to a great Mystery, that is inscrutable and inaccessible: the Mystery of Salvation for humanity, that will be manifested over the years through the Maiden chosen by the Father.



On May 15, 1974, in a moment of Her great trial and suffering, She welcomes God’s Will, that was manifested to Her. This is the day of Her Wedding with Heaven. Jesus, Our Lady and St. Michael the Archangel appear to Her, and they remain with Her in a long talk. God’s Maiden, pronouncing Her “yes”, marries the Will of the Father that, through His Son, preannounces to her the salvific Mission for humanity that She will have to fulfil.

Four days later, Jesus appears to Her again, together with Our Lady and St. Mesia (a holy Martyr who lived at the time of the persecution of the early Christians) and heals Her from a deadly disease of which the Woman of God was suffering.

By the Will of the Father, the “Little Cradle of Baby Jesus” was built in 1975. In a revelation in June 1994, Jesus says: “This Cradle will be My Tabernacle” (Revelation of Jesus to Maria G. Norcia. June 19th,1994), so preannouncing the deep significance of the Place chosen by the Father.

Maria grows animated by a live and deep religious faith in Christ and in the authentic Christian doctrine. Since Her childhood, She is very dedicated to prayer and to the love towards Her neighbours. The authentic Christian teachings are alive in Her Heart. She puts them in practice and, with humility and live charity, exhorts the same to all those who, from 1975 to 2008, would have known and met Her at the “Little Cradle”.

In the 80s, Mons. E. Cardarelli, minister of the Sora diocese of the roman Catholic Church, was given the task of following the spiritual path of God’s Maiden. Recognizing the truthfulness of the revelations and the authenticity of the mystical experience of the Woman of God, he decided to write, with the approval of his bishop Mons. Minchiatti, the detailed account of the facts. He writes the story in a pamphlet entitled “A Cradle for Baby Jesus in the Land of Gallinaro“.

In his account, Mons. E. Cardarelli writes:

The Lord insisted so much in having a little church built in the place so cherished by Him, where He first appeared in Gallinaro, which would serve as a «Cradle for Him», wanting to grant from it heavenly treasures to all souls“.

With reference to Maria G. Norcia, he states that:

“The trust in Her mission is due to the spiritual fruits that this mission itself produces, besides the persistent and increasing afflux of all who direct their steps to the «Mystic Cradle» of Gallinaro, where Baby Jesus infuses trust, soothes pains, irradiates light, gives back faith, peace and love and leads to profound and stable conversion”.

Finally, he concludes by writing what now appears as a prophecy:

Of course, there will always be someone who, having little faith, will have doubts concerning that Cradle; or someone who will commiserate Her who has received the heavenly charge of making the Cradle shine to the eyes of human creatures, groping in the darkness of inequity, needful of exceptional signs of divine mercy in order to come out of it. But these deriders are not aware that their rationalistic certainty breaks against the attestation of the Holy Spirit, that is “as long as man thinks that human reason can be the measure of all things, he will never understand the spiritual realities”. (1Cor 2,12-16). They are fallacious judges and should not be followed. The spiritual gifts or charisms, especially if they manifest themselves in God-fearing persons, must not be precipitously and prejudicially refused by fixed schemes, because it would lead to an aprioristic as well as heretical negation of the actions of the Holy Spirit in the Church”.

(Bishop E.Cardarelli, “A Cradle for Baby Jesus in the Land of Gallinaro”)

During Her thirty-three years of public life, Maria G. Norcia, the Woman of God, has lived and documented thousands of cases of people converted to the Christian faith and numerous cases of spiritual and corporal healing.



Despite the initial blessing of Her mission by Mons. Cardarelli (who used to celebrate Mass at the “Little Cradle”) and by his bishop; despite the unequivocal spiritual and corporal fruits that came from the Work of God, the roman church soon changed attitude and became increasingly hostile. After the death of Mons. Cardarelli and Bishop Minchiatti, the Woman of God began to receive growing and continuous harassments and humiliations by many roman ministers and bishops. Several times She was asked to deny the supernatural nature of the revelations received and to remove what other bishops in the meantime had blessed. The Woman of God, even though strongly afflicted in Her heart, has remained faithful to God and to the mission entrusted to Her.

On the day of Lord’s Epiphany of the year 2000, Maria welcomes Samuele, whom was preannounced to Her by God for the fulfilment of His Will. From that day onwards, Samuele dedicates Himself to the mission begun by Maria G. Norcia, under whose spiritual guidance He acts in unconditional obedience. On August 4th of the year 2002, Samuele joins in marriage with Anna, the daughter of Maria G. Norcia.

In those years, the number of the faithful persons that came to the New Jerusalem, has exponentially increased as well as their faith. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Christians come to the “Little Cradle” arriving from different regions of the world, to live the authentic spirituality that flows from the Heart of the New Jerusalem. Many have the opportunity to experience the living presence of God in the “Little Cradle”.

Maria G. Norcia lives the last years of Her earthly life in total spiritual union with Samuele and Anna, who welcome Her in their home. At that time, the Mystery of the New Jerusalem gains more consistency and life. Maria, before the final step of Her earthly mission, entrusts to Samuele the task of making the fulfilment of the New Jerusalem consist in all Christian hearts.

On July 5, 2008, Maria G. Norcia returns to the Father’s House. For the umpteenth and final time, She renews Her faithful and unconditioned “yes” to the Will of the Father, who calls Her to Himself after thirty‑three years lived in prayer and at the authentic service of those who the Spirit of God has brought to this “Land of Love”, that God the Almighty Father has wanted to call “The New Jerusalem”.