Maria Valtorta’s heirs by her will and testament were The Order of Friar Servants of Mary and Marta Diciotti.
The Order of Friar Servants of Mary, founded in the thirteenth century in Florence and active all around the world, inherited the sole ownership of the Valtorta house in Viareggio.
Marta Diciotti, Maria Valtorta’s life assistant and confidant, inherited the manuscripts with adjoining rights and anything else that had belonged to the mystical writer herself. Furthermore, she inherited the usufructuary rights of the house. Marta Diciotti then moved to a nursing home and left the house vacant for one year. So, in 1998, the Order of Servants of Mary sold the house to the Publishing Centre of Valtorta, that subsequently, at its own expenses and with the voluntary contribution of several readers of Valtorta, restored the house up to its foundations and solved all the problems which had been caused by humidity before re-opening the house to the public as a museum.
Since 1986, Marta Diciotti had had a will, leaving something to the Publishing Centre of Valtorta too, who after Diciotti’s death, in 2001, inherited several manuscripts and anything else that completed Maria Valtorta’s estate.
The CEV (Centro Editoriale Valtortiano, in English Publishing Centre of Valtorta) was formed to be the publisher of the writings of Maria Valtorta. By inheriting almost everything that belonged to Maria Valtorta, both by will and by purchasing it, the CEV identified with her own person, combining an author’s rights and duties with a publisher’s rights and duties.
In 2010, the CEV itself and the couple, Mr. Emilio Pisani and Mrs. Claudia Vecchiarelli, historical curators of the works of Valtorta and owners of the CEV, founded the “FONDAZIONE MARIA VALTORTA CEV onlus” (Maria Valtorta Foundation, a non-profit organization) to re-establish the distinction between the author and the publisher and their respective roles.
The Foundation, recognized as a legal entity with an “onlus” qualification (non-profit organization), has one main purpose: to preserve, cherish, cure, protect, divulge and enhance, to the advantage of everyone on earth and without asking for money, Maria Valtorta’s cultural heritage, made by her moral and material heritage.
Therefore, the CEV returned to being just the privileged publisher of Maria Valtorta’s works, and now it sells them all over the world.