Monacilioni, Province of Campobasso, Molise
The village rises in a beautiful area of hills and valleys. In Montreal there is an association in the name of the patron Santa Benedetta, whose body is kept in the Parish church of Monacilioni.
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- Altitude: 605 m a.s.l
- Territory: mountainous
- Population: about 500 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 86040
- Phone Area Code: 0874.
- Every 25 years, on the 3rd Sunday in May, the urn with the remains of Santa Benedetta is carried in a procession.
The name comes etymologically from Castrum Monachi Leonis (Castle of Monk Leone). The area is geologically very unstable. In 1456 an earthquake utterly destroyed the small village of Catello, a few km from Monacilioni. A ruinous landslide in mid-19th century started a massive wave of emigration to Argentina and after 1918 to the States and Canada.
Another landslide in 1962 furtherly drove more citizens to leave for other destinations in Italy, Europe, Australia, Venezuela.