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Thursday, February 9, 2023

St. Padre Pio's Relics Visited Cagayan de Oro City

Just recently, St. Padre Pio's Relics was brought to Cagayan de Oro City and was situated at the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral for a day and Thousands of religious devotees have flocked to attend the Holy Mass and veneration. It was then brought to Our Lady of Manaoag Chapel in Shopwise at Limketkai Mall in the afternoon for mass and public veneration and then brought to Port of Macabalan to be travelled to Cebu City.

Photo by: JSPalarca Photography

A lot of people have been asking if that was really the body of St. Padre Pio inside the glass coffin. The answer is no! It's just the reliquary image where a container of religious objects connected with a saint are being kept. Although the reliquary image is an exact copy of Padre Pio’s preserved body that lies in the Chapel of Relics in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.

Relics of Padre Pio are the following:

  • 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.

Who is St. Padre Pio?

Francesco Forgione, OFMCap, better known as Padre Pio and as Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, was an Italian Franciscan Capuchin friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church, celebrated on 23 September.

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