Henry Voso was “completely anti-relic” for much of his young life. Now, he has relics of all kinds, and prays over other Catholics with relics. The abrupt change came when he was introduced to Padre Pio, a saint canonized just 21 years ago.
Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart was the venue for a two-day public display of five relics from Padre Pio, the first priest in the Catholic Church’s history to bear the stigmata wounds of Christ’s crucifixion.
During the 81 years of life for Francesco Forgione, who later became known and venerated as “Padre Pio,” he wasn’t able to visit the United States. While the saint’s relics have toured across the country and even throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn, for the first time, his relics will be displayed at the nation’s largest Catholic church in Washington D.C., May 21-22.
On a 40-acre plot of land in Howell, in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, stands the humble foundation for the establishment of a worldwide network of health care facilities that St. Pio of Pietrelcina set in motion nearly 70 years ago. Padre Pio once said this was the most important thing he did. His dream was the project would one day expand to other parts of the world. That day has now come.
The Italian Apostolate celebrated the 50th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s death and the 100th anniversary of his stigmata with a procession from St. Francis of Paola Church, a worship site of Divine Mercy parish, to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Hundreds of people from the Glendale-Middle Village cluster of parishes honored St. Padre Pio on his feast day, Sept. 23. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his death.
Father Alessandro Linardi, 35, began his worldly travels in childhood, but the Holy Land captured his heart so profoundly that he gave himself completely to the One Who called him there.
St. Helen’s parish in Howard Beach celebrated the Feast of St. Padre Pio with a candlelight procession and veneration of the saint’s relic.
Francesco Forgione, more commonly known as Padre Pio, summarized his words of encouragement to all with his mantra: pray, hope and don’t worry.
The St. Padre Pio Cluster Celebration at St. Pancras, Glendale, was held Sept. 25 with Auxiliary Bishop Paul Sanchez, leading a procession following Mass.