Do you have a special devotion to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)? If so, you may wish to mark your calendar this May for your opportunity to venerate the relics of this beloved twentieth-century Franciscan priest and stigmatist.
The first leg of the US tour of Padre Pio's relics begins Saturday, May 6 in Philadelphia, PA. Other stops include Pittsburgh, PA; Denver, CO; Lincoln, NE; Los Angeles, CA and Arlington, VA. In September, the tour will visit New York, NY; LaCrosse, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Bridgeport, CT and Saginaw, MI.
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This tour comes on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the saint's birth and the 15th anniversary of his canonization.
Saint Pio was a Capuchin Franciscan friar who received the stigmata, the marks of the five wounds of Christ, in 1918. He is the first priest in the history of the Church to bear Christ's wounds. Padre Pio was known as a wise confessor and counseled many through his letters as well as in the confessional.
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