Included among the objects on display are a cloak, gloves, bandages, and the blood from the stigmata that for forty years marked the body of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.
Newsroom (21/09/2021 22:40, )Gaudium Press On the occasion of the Feast of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, which will be celebrated on 23 September, the Roman Church of San Salvatore in Lauro has put his relics on display for the veneration of the faithful. Among the objects on display are a cloak, gloves, bandages, and the blood from the stigmata that marked the body of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina for forty years.
Ceremony presided over by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza
The solemn exposition and veneration of the relics of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina began on Monday 20 September, the anniversary of the appearance of the stigmata. On September 22, the Major Penitentiary, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, will preside over the Vigil of the Transitus, in which the death of St. Padre Pio will be remembered.
Day of the Liturgical Celebration of St. Pio of Pietrelcina
The peak of the celebrations will be on the 23rd, the date instituted in the year 2000 by St. John Paul II as the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. In the afternoon, a blessing will be given for those who work in the area of Civil Protection, who have this Saint as their Patron. At 6pm (local time) Cardinal Angelo Comastri will preside over a solemn Mass in San Salvatore in Lauro Square.
Twenty years of tradition
These festivities have regularly taken place now for two decades, attracting devotees belonging to more than 600 prayer groups from the Lacio region as well as the Civil Protection Associations for the Church in Rome’s historic centre, where the intercession of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina is requested. (EPC)
Compiled by Sandra Chisholm