Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will be touring several Archdioceses and Dioceses in the United States of America for the second time, between September 16 and October 8, 2017.
These relics of Saint Pio will be available for public veneration:
– Saint Pio’s glove;
– Saint Pio’s crusts of the wounds;
– Cotton-gauze with Saint Pio’s blood stains;
– A lock of Saint Pio’s hair;
– Saint Pio’s mantle;
– Saint Pio’s handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died;
The relics will be on display to the public in the following Archdioceses and Dioceses:
- September 16, 2017, at the St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, New York.
- September 17 and 18, 2017, at the St. Patrick Cathedral in the Archdiocese of New York.
- September 20, 2017, at the Cathedral St. Joseph the Workman in the Diocese of La Crosse.
- September 21, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
- September 22 and 23, 2017, at the Basilica of St. John the Baptism in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
- September 24, 2017, at the St. Theresa Catholic Church in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
- September 25, 2017, at the St. Francis Borgia Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
- September 26, 2017, at the St. Ita Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
- September 27, 2017, at the Assumption Parish (Mattese) of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
- September 28, 2017, at the St. Michael the Archangel Church, of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
- September 29, 2017, at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in the Diocese of Saginaw.
- October 1, 2017, at the St. Thomas Church in the Diocese of Providence.
- October 3, 2017, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
- October 4, 2017, at the St. Rita’s Church in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
- October 6, 2017, at the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in the Diocese of St. Augustine.
For more information related to each public veneration, please, contact the local Cathedral/Basilica/Church. For additional information, please click on the following link:http://www.saintpiofoundation.org/event/saint-padre-pio-comes-to-america-2/
The Saint Pio Foundation, which is sponsoring the tour on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Padre Pio’s birth and the 15th anniversary of his canonization, will sell books and religious items related to Padre Pio in the entryway of each Cathedral, Basilica, or Church.
St. Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, and baptized Francesco Forgione. He first expressed his desire for priesthood at age 10. In order to pay for the preparatory education, his father, Grazio Forgione, emigrated in the United States on 1899, where he worked for several years.
The future saint entered the Capuchin order at age 15, taking the name Pio. He was ordained a priest in 1910 at the age of 23. During his lifetime, Padre Pio was known as a mystic with miraculous powers of healing and knowledge, who bore the stigmata. Stigmata is the term the Catholic Church uses to speak about the wounds an individual receives that correspond to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. They can appear on the forehead, hands, wrists, and feet.
His stigmata emerged during World War I, after Pope Benedict XV asked Christians to pray for an end to the conflict. Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ pierced his side. A few weeks later, on September 20, 1918, Jesus again appeared to him, and he received the full stigmata. It remained with him until his death on September 23, 1968.
Pope John Paul II canonized him in 2002.
In the Catholic Church, relics are physical objects associated with a saint or candidate for sainthood – part of the person’s body or something with which he or she was in contact. Relics are not worshiped, but treated with religious respect. Touching or praying in the presence of such an object helps a faithful individual focus on the saint’s life and virtues, so that through the saint’s prayer or intercession before God, the individual will be drawn closer to God.
More information about St. Pio is at http://www.saintpiofoundation.org. The Saint Pio Foundation promotes awareness of St. Pio and his mission by working with institutions and individuals who share the same vision to serve “those in need of relief of suffering.” Funds raised by the Saint Pio Foundation are used to provide grants to American Catholic healthcare, educational, social, religious, and cultural partner organizations.
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